Robert Slammon, PhD

  • Teaching Associate Professor

My research and teaching interests lie within the area of the sociology of medicine and health, with a specific focus on the pursuit of health as a social practice and on contemporary political rationalities of health security. I am interested, for instance, in the moral significance and normative power that commitments to health and fitness have accrued in recent times; the performative dimensions of health practices, specifically as acts of social distinction; and the social framing of responsibility and the management of risk that is presupposed by contemporary fitness culture. My interests also concern the conceptual and practical organization of official health emergency responses, with special attention to changes from a framework of prevention to one of securitization.

Education & Training

  • PhD, State University of New York- Buffalo, 2011
  • BA, Boston University, 1989

Research Interests

  • Medical sociology
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Social theory
  • Sociology of risk
  • Sociology of knowledge