Research Interests: Medical Sociology; Sexualities; Biomedicalization; HIV/AIDS & PrEP; Inequalities; Social Determinants of Health, Population Health; Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Current Research:

My research interests are in measurable health disparities and their social determinants. I am interested also in the social construction of disease states, illness measures and population-based health-surveillance technologies, and how pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and insurance companies intervene in the relations of health assessments and care across populations. My future work hopes to look into these processes within the LGBTQ community in Vancouver and other regions within North America using mixed method analyses.

As a Master’s student and scholar activist at the University of Chicago and Research Assistant at NORC at the University of Chicago, I examined the construction of social scripts transmitting biomedicalized ways of knowing the self among LGBTQ populations through HIV prevention marketing and public health surveillance methods. I spent two years (2014-2016) volunteering for a sex-positive public health campaign, #PrEP4Love, convened by AIDS Foundation of Chicago, which is in its second advertising wave across Chicago (Fall 2016). At NORC (2015-2016), I worked on two community-based HIV prevention and treatment studies (uConnect, N = 620; PrEP Chicago, N = 400) on the South Side of Chicago. Additionally, I helped design a forthcoming national representative HIV surveillance survey of young gay, bisexual adolescent males (N = 1,500) and adolescent transgender females (N = 1,500) in the U.S. with the Fenway Institute for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

I am originally from outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am currently a resident member of Green College.

Supervisor: Dr. Richard Carpiano
Supervisor: Dr. Amin Ghaziani

“Spotlight – Jim Pickett.” 2016. The Chicago Center for HIV Elimination at The University of Chicago. October 17.

SOCI200 Sociology of Family (TA: Summer Term 2)

An introduction to contemporary family forms and relations.

Relevant Work Experience:
Research Assistant, NORC at the University of Chicago
Supervisor: Stuart Michaels

Previous Degrees:
M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago
B.A. in Religion Studies, Lehigh University
B.A. in Political Science, Lehigh University

Previous Advisors:
Edward O. Laumann, University of Chicago
Nandini Deo, Lehigh University


Fellowship, Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC-CFAR) and Sexualities Project (SPAN), “Pleasure/Danger: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Sexual Pleasure and Sexual Risk” TC-CFAR and SPAN, University of Chicago and Northwestern University (2015—2016)
$750, competitive fellowship awarded to graduate students, researchers, and faculty

Half Tuition Scholarship, University of Chicago (2014-2015)
$24,822 merit-based award

Full Tuition Scholarship, Lehigh University (2010-2011)
$43,000 awarded to students who maintain a 3.75 GPA across 92 credit hours of graded coursework

Social Sciences Thesis Research Grants, Lehigh University (2010-2011)
$1,500 ad hoc award for thesis research by 3 Department Chairs in $500 increments each