Sociology of Health

The Health Working Group (HWG) is a collaborative community at UCLA that welcomes scholars to share and discuss research related to health, medicine, and biotechnology. Our members share an interest in medical sociology, but also span diverse interests in organizations, race/ethnicity, global studies, ethnography, gender, and demography. The goal of the HWG is to facilitate a variety of projects from students and faculty through engagement with one another's work (in any stage of completion)To date, the HWG has served as a supportive community for discussions of dissertation proposals, fellowship applications, thesis papers, journal articles, conference presentations, data segments and preliminary analyses for UCLA students, guest speakers, and visiting scholars. 

If you would like to participate in the HWG or join our mailing list, please email Caroline Tietbohl at or Amy Zhou at

FALL 2016

10/7/16: 12:00 pm, Haines 215

Welcome and annual planning meeting

10/21/16: 12:00 pm, Haines 215

Heeju Sohn - CCPR

“Social Effects of Health Care Reform: The Impact of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act on Volunteering”

11/4/16: 12:00 pm, Haines 215

Amy Zhou - Practice job talk

Should I live a life of medicine? Women’s Use of HIV treatment as Prevention in Malawi”

11/18/16: 12:00 pm, Haines 215

Zsuzsa Berend - UCLA

“‘How many to transfer?’ Technologies and choices in surrogacy arrangements”

11/21/16: 2:00 pm, Haines 110

Neil Gong - Practice job talk

“Liberty and Madness: Governing Rich and Poor Psychiatric Patients After Deinstitutionalization.”

12/2/16: 12:00 pm, Haines 215

Clara Bergen - Student work in progress

“Facing the Reality of Health Management: When Primary Care Doctors Address Patients' Reports of Non-Adherence”



1/13/17: 12:00 PM, HAINES 215

Cindy Cain - UCLA Department of Health Policy and Management

2/24/17: 12:00 PM, HAINES 215



4/21/17: 12:00 PM, HAINES 215

Karen Lutfey-Spencer - University of Colorado, Denver

"Reclaiming Patient Compliance Research in an Era of Increasingly Medicalized Medical Sociology"

5/5/17: 12:00 PM, HAINES 215

Nan Wang - Student work in progress

5/19/17: 12:00 PM, HAINES 215

Lucrecia Mena - Student work in progress

6/2/17: 12:00 PM, HAINES 215

Sharon Kaufman - University of California, San Francisco