"Social and Subjective Meanings of Ebola with Reference to Other Infectious Illnesses", (Co-Investigator)

The goal of this project is to better understand the social and subjective meanings of Ebola and the recent Ebola outbreak in the U.S., both as a unique illness situation and by comparison to outbreaks of, and scares over, other infectious illnesses. The study follows a constructivist grounded theory methodology, collecting data via in-depth, recorded, interviews with 30 - 50 adult participants in South Florida. Two podium presentations have been made at national sociology conferences.