Research

What is the relationship between biomedical knowledge and social order?

I have several current projects that engage this question.

Pre-Pregnancy Care

My book, The Zero Trimester, examines how medical ideas about pregnancy risk and birth outcomes shifted dramatically in the last few decades toward a framework that highlights the pre-conception health of women.

reproduction & epigenetics

In this study, I analyze the social and ethical dimensions of the fetal origins of disease hypothesis, a recent field of science investigating the relationship between exposures in early embryonic development and chronic disease in later life.

New Epidemics

My first paper from this project, "Parsing the Peanut Panic," reveals how the peanut allergy, as a non-infectious disease, came to be considered an "epidemic," transforming from a rare medical malady into a contemporary public health problem.