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Joanna Kempner, Ph.D.
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, (848) 932-5876

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Joanna Kempner (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2004) is an assistant professor of sociology. Her research investigates the intersection of medicine, science, politics, gender and the body. Her first book, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health (Chicago 2014), examines the gendered social values embedded in the way we talk about, understand, and make policies for people in pain. Her second book investigates the production and policing of forbidden knowledge, with a particular emphasis on how political controversies generated by health research shape scientific research agendas. Prior to joining the department, Professor Kempner was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at the University of Michigan from 2004-2006. She was also a Research Associate at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University. Her research appears in peer-reviewed sociology and medical journals including Science, Social Science & Medicine and Gender & Society.