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Sociology Department

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Teaching/Expertise Area:  Welfare & Policy, Healthcare Issues, Childhood & Adolescence

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco (funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), 2002-2004
Certificate of Training in Clinical Research, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, 2003
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Davis (Designated Emphasis: Feminist Theory and Methods from the Department of Women and Gender Studies), 2002
M.A., Sociology, University of California, Davis,1997
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara (highest honors), 1993

Dr. Reich’s research examines how individuals and families weigh information and strategize their interactions with the state and service providers in the context of public policy, particularly as they relate to healthcare and welfare. She is author of two award-winning books, Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System and Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines, is editor of the books, Reproduction and Society and State of Families, and has written more than 35 articles and book chapters that explore vaccination, reproductive health, welfare, multiracial families, public assistance, and recovery after disaster. Her work has been featured in many news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, and Newsweek, and on the Netflix show, Bill Nye Saves the World. The following are some of Dr. Reich's recent publications:


Selected Publications

In press Reich, Jennifer. Calling the Shots: Parents, Public Health, and the Politics of Vaccine Choice. New York University Press (May 2016)

2015 "Old methods and new technologies: Social media and shifts in power in qualitative research." Ethnography vol. 16, no 4: 394–415 (online October 2014)

2014. Joffe, Carole and Jennifer Reich (editors) Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings NY: Routledge

2014 "Neoliberal Mothering and Vaccine Refusal: Imagined Gated Communities and the Privilege of Choice" Gender & Society vol. 28 no. 5, October 679–704

2010 "Children’s Challenges to Efforts to Save Them: An Ethnographic Examination of Children’s Interactions with Child Protective Social Workers." Symbolic Interaction vol.33, no. 3:412-434.

2008 "Not Ready to Fill His Father’s Shoes: A Masculinist Discourse of Abortion" Men and Masculinities. vol.11, no 1: 3-21.

2005 Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System NY: Routledge.