Stefan Timmermans

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

Dr. Stefan Timmermans is Professor and Chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology as well as being 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. Timmermans is conducting an ethnographic study of the expansion of newborn screening.

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

Selected Publications:


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)

2012 Timmermans, Stefan, “The Seven Warrants of Qualitative Health Sociology,” Social Science and Medicine

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 Tara McKay, “Clinical Trials as Treatment Option: Bioethics and Health Care Disparities in Substance Dependency” Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 69 (12), pp. 1784-1790.

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.

2008 Stefan Timmermans, “Professions and Their Work: Do Market Shelters Protect Professional Interests?” Work and Occupations, Vol. 35 (2), pp. 164-188.

2007 Stefan Timmermans and Betina Freidin “Caretaking as Articulation Work: The Effects of Taking up Responsibility for a Child with Asthma on Labor Force Participation” Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 65 (7), pp. 1351-1364.

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.


UCLA Department of Sociology
Curriculum Vitae
News: ISG Faculty Stefan Timmermans named Chair of Dept of Sociology
Research Project: Social Impact Of Expanded Newborn Screening For Metabolic-Genetic Conditions

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