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Stefan Timmermans

1995  Ph. D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Dr. Stefan Timmermans is Professor at the UCLA Department of Sociology as well as a professor at ISG. His research draws from medical sociology and science studies and uses ethnographic and historical methods to address key issues in the for-profit U.S. health care system. He has conducted research on medical technologies, health professions, death and dying, and population health. 

Dr. Timmermans is the medical sociology editor of the journal Social Science & Medicine. 

 

Selected Publications:

Books

2013    Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder, Saving Babies? The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

2010    Chloe Bird, Peter Conrad, Allen Fremont, and Stefan Timmermans (editors), Handbook of Medical Sociology: Sixth edition Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

2006    Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths. University of Chicago Press: Chicago.

2003     (with Marc Berg) The Gold Standard: The Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standardization in Health Care. Temple University Press: Philadelphia, PA.

1999    Sudden Death and the Myth of CPR. Temple University Press: Philadelphia, PA.

 

Articles (selection)

2018. Aviad Raz, Yael Amano, Stefan Timmermans, “Coming to terms with the imperfectly normal child: Attitudes of Israeli parents of screen positive infants regarding subsequent prenatal diagnosis,” Journal of Community Genetics

2018. Aviad Raz and Stefan Timmermans, “Parents Like Me: Biosociality and Lay Expertise in Self-Help Groups of Parents of Screen-Positive Newborns,” New Genetics and Society

2018. Tanya Stivers and Stefan Timmermans, “The Actionability of Exome Sequencing Results,” Sociology of Health and Illness

2018. Tanya Stivers and Stefan Timmermans, “Always Look at the Bright Side of Life: Making Bad News Bivalent,” Research on Language and Social Interaction 

2018. Stefan Timmermans and Tanya Stivers, “The Social Utility of Clinical Exome Sequencing,” Patient Education and Counseling

2018. Aviad Raz and Stefan Timmermans, “Divergent Evolution of Newborn Screening: Israel and the US as Gene worlds,” Biosocieties

2017. Stefan Timmermans, “Matching Genotype and Phenotype: A Pragmatist Semiotic Analysis of Clinical Exome Sequencing,” American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 138 (3), pp. 136-177.

2017. Stefan Timmermans and Tanya Stivers, “The Spillover of Genomic Testing Results in Families: Same Variant, Different Logics,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Vol. 58 (2), pp. 166-180.

2017. Stefan Timmermans, Caroline Tietbohl, Eleni Skaperdas, “Narrating Uncertainty: Variants of Uncertain Significance (VUS) in Exome Sequencing,” BioSocieties, Vol. 12 (3), pp. 439-458.

2016. Tanya Stivers and Stefan Timmermans, “Negotiating the Diagnostic Uncertainty of Genomic Test Results,” Social Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 79 (3), pp. 199-221.

2016. Stefan Timmermans and Sara Shostak, “Gene Worlds,” Health, 20 (1), pp. 33-48.

2014. Mara Buchbinder and Stefan Timmermans, “Affective Economies and the Politics of Saving Babies’ Lives,” Public Culture, Vol. 26 (1), pp. 101-126.

2013. Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder, “Potentializing Newborn Screening,” Current Anthropology, Vol. 54 (7), S26-S36.

2012. Mara Buchbinder and Stefan Timmermans, “Newborn Screening for Metabolic Disorders: Parental Perceptions of the Initial Communication of Results.” Clinical Pediatrics, Vol. 51 (2), pp. 739-744.

2012. Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder, “Expanded Newborn Screening: Articulating the Ontology of Diseases with Bridging Work in the Clinic.” Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 34 (2), pp. 208-220.

2012. Stefan Timmermans and Iddo Tavory, “Theory Construction in Qualitative Research: From Grounded Theory to Abductive Analysis,” Sociological Theory, Vol 30 (3), pp. 167-186.

2012. Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder, “Expanded Newborn Screening: Articulating the Ontology of Diseases with Bridging Work in the Clinic,”Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol 34 (2), pp. 208-220.

2011. Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder, “Patients-in-Waiting: Living Between Sickness and Health in the Genomics Era” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Vol. 51 (4), pp. 408-423.

2010. Stefan Timmermans and Steven Epstein, “A World full of Standards but not a Standard World: Toward a Sociology of Standardization” Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 36, pp. 69-89.

2009. Stefan Timmermans and Rene Almeling, “Objectification, Standardization, and Commodification: A Conceptual Readjustment and Research Agenda” Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 69, pp. 21-27.

2009. Iddo Tavory and Stefan Timmermans, “Two Cases of Ethnography: Grounded Theory and the Extended Case Method” Ethnography, Vol. 10 (3), pp. 1-21.

2008. Stefan Timmermans and Steven Haas, “Towards a Sociology of Disease” Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 30 (5), pp. 659-676.

2005. Stefan Timmermans “Suicide Determination and the Professional Authority of Medical Examiners” American Sociological Review, Vol.70 (April), 311-333.

2005. Stefan Timmermans and Aaron Mauck “The Promises and Pitfalls of Evidence-Based Medicine” Health Affairs, Vol 24 (1), 18-28.

2005. Stefan Timmermans “Death Brokering: Constructing Culturally Appropriate Deaths” Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 27 (7), 993-1013.

2003. Stefan Timmermans “A Black Technician and Blue-Babies,” Social Studies of Science, Vol 33 (2), 197-229.

1998. Stefan Timmermans “Social Death as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: David Sudnow’s “Passing On” Revisited.” The Sociological Quarterly, Vol 39 (3), pp. 453-472.

1997. Stefan Timmermans and Marc Berg “Standardization in Action: Achieving Local Universality through Medical Protocols.” Social Studies of Science, Vol. 27 (2), pp. 273-305.

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