|Tania M. Jenkins joins UNC as Assistant Professor of Sociology and faculty fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University in 2016 and worked as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research postdoc at the University of Chicago from 2016-2017. Before coming to Carolina, she was an assistant professor of sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia from 2017-2019.
Jenkins’ research interests span medical sociology, medical education, professions, social status, stratification, gender, ethics, qualitative methodologies, and social theory. More specifically, her scholarship examines how and why status hierarchies are (re)produced in the medical profession and how they impact both doctors and patients.
In her forthcoming book, Doctors Orders: The Making of Status Hierarchies in an Elite Profession (Columbia University Press; expected summer 2020), Jenkins examines the construction and consequences of status distinctions between physicians-in-training. Her next book will focus on the burnout epidemic in medicine, and she will explore what it is about the medical profession that is making so many doctors sick.
Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the International Association of Medical Science Educators, as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has appeared in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science & Medicine, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine, among others. She has also received several awards, including the 2017 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation in Medical Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association.