Sara Shostak is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) Program at Brandeis University. Her research and teaching interests encompass medical sociology, science and technology studies, and environmental sociology. Across these domains, Shostak focuses on how to understand - and address - inequalities in health. Shostak's first book - Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health (University of California Press, 2013) - won the Robert K. Merton Book Award from the American Sociology Association’s Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology and the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the Medical Sociology Section. Shostak’s current book project is a study of urban agriculture in New England cities; as part of this work, she has collaborated on community based research projects with The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, The Food Project, and Groundwork Somerville.
Brea L. Perry is an Associate Professor of Sociology and an affiliated faculty of the Indiana University Network Science Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research focuses on the intersections of social networks, medical sociology, biosociology, and social inequalities. Her current NIH-funded projects investigate social network indicators of prescription drug seeking behavior, the role of personal social networks in neurodegeneration and older adults’ cognitive decline, and the coevolution of recent Mexican immigrants’ social networks and oral health attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes.