I am a medical sociologist who studies the politics of health and social movements. I explore these themes through projects on the nonknowledge of psychedelic therapies, women’s drug policy activism, and the relationship between medical education and transgender health disparities.
I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Liberal Arts at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.
I received my PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015 where I also hold a master’s degree. Before attending UIC, I received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a gender studies minor from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
My research has appeared in Gender & Society, Social Studies of Science, Sociology Compass, PsychCritiques, and MedED Portal. I also recently published a book, Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy, with the University of Minnesota Press.
I am originally from Chicago and currently live in St. Louis where I enjoy embroidering, playing the drums, and relating any life situation to something that happened on The Office.
Please feel free to contact me at: danielle [dot] giffort [at] uhsp [dot] edu
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