My research focuses on the politics of the body, specifically how advancing biotechnologies shape cultural understandings of the body. I use sociological approaches to medicine, culture, and law to answer questions like: What is the value of the human body? How is the body valued in certain marketplaces? Why are some aspects of the body more cherished than others?
My dissertation examines the rapidly growing plasma pharmaceutical industry, with attention to who donates plasma, how they are recruited, and ultimately what this growing market means for bodily commodification. I also research public opinion on genetic testing and boundary-work in health care.