Participant Info

First Name
Anna
Last Name
Kirkland
Country
USA
University
University of Michigan
Keywords
vaccines, immunizations, weight, discrimination, health care discrimination, vaccine injury claims, employment discrimination, appearance discrimination
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Personal Info

About Me

Anna Kirkland, J.D., Ph.D., is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science, and Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Fat Rights: Dilemmas of Difference and Personhood (New York University Press, 2008) and co-editor with Jonathan Metzl of Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (New York University Press, 2010). Her book Vaccine Court: The Law and Politics of Injury will be published by New York University Press in November 2016. In Vaccine Court, Kirkland explores how activists and government actors come to know, identify, and compensate for vaccine injuries, and what recent debates over vaccine safety reveal about democratic engagement with volatile scientific questions in the contemporary United States. Recent articles include also “Power and Persuasion in the Vaccine Debates: An Analysis of Political Efforts and Outcomes in the States, 1998-2012,” “Critical Approaches to Wellness,” “Credibility Battles in the Autism Litigation,” “The Legitimacy of Vaccine Critics: What’s Left after Autism?,” and “The Environmental Account of Obesity: A Case for Feminist Skepticism.” Kirkland is currently researching the emergence of rights claims against sex discrimination in health care settings under the Affordable Care Act.

Recent Publications

Books

Vaccine Court: The Law and Politics of Injury (New York University Press, forthcoming November 2016)

Co-editor with Jonathan Metzl, Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (New York University Press, 2010) Translated into Japanese, German, and Turkish.

Fat Rights: Dilemmas of Difference and Personhood (New York University Press, 2008)

Articles

“Power and Persuasion in the Vaccine Debates: An Analysis of Political Efforts and Outcomes in the States, 1998-2012,” with Denise Lillvis (first author, Political Science and Public Health doctoral student) and Anna Frick (former undergraduate honors student), Milbank Quarterly, Vol. 92, No. 3 (September 2014): 475-508.

“Introduction: What Is Wellness Now?,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, Vol. 39, No. 5 (October 2014): 957-970.

“Critical Approaches to Wellness,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, Vol. 39, No. 5 (October 2014): 971-988.

“Credibility Battles in the Autism Litigation,” Social Studies of Science, Vol. 42, Issue 2 (April 2012): 237–261.

“The Legitimacy of Vaccine Critics: What’s Left after Autism?,” Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law, Vol. 37, No. 1 (February 2012): 69-97.

(with Ben Hansen), “’How Do I Bring Diversity?’: Race and Class in the College Admissions Essay,” Law & Society Review, Vol. 45, No. 1 (2011): 103-138.

“The Environmental Account of Obesity: A Case for Feminist Skepticism,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Winter 2011): 411-436.

Media Coverage

Quoted in “Vaccine Court Aims To Protect Patients And Vaccines,” All Things Considered (National Public Radio), June 2, 2015.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/06/02/411243242/vaccine-court-aims-to-protect-patients-and-vaccines

Quoted in “Are The Vaccine Court’s Requirements Too Strict?,” Morning Edition (National Public Radio), June 3, 2015. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/06/03/411244055/are-the-vaccine-courts-requirements-too-strict

“Expand Legal Protections to Include Weight.” New York Times Room for Debate, November 29, 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/11/28/should-legislation-protect-obese-people/expand-legal-protection-to-include-weight

Country Focus
United States

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