Janelle S. Taylor

Person Profile

Personal Information
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Janelle S.
Taylor
Faculty
Professor and Chair
Contact Information
E-Mail: 
jstaylor@uw.edu
Mailbox: 
353100
Office Building: 
Denny Hall
Room: 
M32
Office Phone: 
(206) 543-4793
Academic Information
Research Summary: 
As a sociocultural anthropologist I use ethnographic methods to study health, illness, medical education, medical technology, and medical practice. My research over the past decade has focused on a variety of topics relating to medical technology, medical education, and medical practice, including fetal ultrasound imaging, medical decision-making at the end of life, and how 'culture' is formulated within medical education. Most recently I have been pursuing two different research directions, both examining how persons get represented within U.S. biomedicine, and considering the social, cultural, and political as well as clinical consequences of such processes of representation. The first concerns medical education, exploring the role of "Standardized Patient" performances in the teaching and assessment of clinical skills. The second concerns dementia, and questions of visibility, recognition, and care. My newest research direction explores friendship in the context of dementia -- why friendships so often prove fragile after the onset of dementia, and how some friendships manage to adapt and adjust. Common to all these projects, different as they are, is a concern to document and understand how representations inform social practices; how mediation happens, between distinct systems of value; how "persons" are socially made (and unmade); and how medicine and health care are involved in all of this.
Teaching: 
Most of my teaching focuses on medical anthropology. I teach courses at all levels, from introductory undergraduate courses to graduate-level seminars. Titles of some courses that I regularly teach are: "Social Difference and Medical Knowledge," "Narrative, Literature, and Medical Anthropology," "Labor, Identity, and Knowledge in Health Care," and "Perspectives in Medical Anthropology." I also supervise numerous graduate students, undergraduate honors students, and have worked with visiting scholars from various universities in Europe.
Discipline: 
Sociocultural Anthropology
Keywords: 
<p>Medicine and medical education, dementia, technology, commodification and consumer culture, reproduction, science studies, social theory; US</p>
Selected Publications
2015
Claire Wendland, Janelle S. Taylor, Frederic W. Hafferty. “Medical Work as Cultural Practice,” In Behavioral and Social Science in Medicine: Principles and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care, ed. Shari R.Waldstein, Matthew F. Muldoon, Jason M. Satterfield, Dennis H. Novack, and Steven Cole. New York: Springer Publishing.
2014
Janelle S. Taylor, "The Demise of the Bumbler and the Crock: From Experience to Accountability in Medical Education and Ethnography," forthcoming in American Anthropologist, 116(3)
2014
Janelle S. Taylor, "Care: Integration." Fieldsights - Field Notes, Cultural Anthropology Online, April 30, 2014
2012
Janelle S. Taylor, Shaune M. DeMers, Elizabeth K. Vig and Soo Borson. “The Disappearing Subject: Exclusion of People with Cognitive Impairment and Dementia from Geriatrics Research,” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 60:413-419.
2011
Janelle S. Taylor, “Beyond Words: Traces of Meaning in an Abandoned Kitchen.” Anthropology Now 3(2):62-64.
2011
Janelle S. Taylor, “The Moral Aesthetics of Simulated Suffering in Standardized Patient Performances.” Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 35(2): 134-162. Special Issue, “Ethnographies of Clinical Training,” ed. Seth M. Holmes, Scott Stonington and Angela Jenks.
2008
Ilana Gershon, Janelle S. Taylor, “Introduction to In Focus: Culture in the Spaces of No Culture,” American Anthropologist, 110(4): 417-421.
2008
Janelle S. Taylor, “On Recognition, Caring, and Dementia.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 22(4): 313-335.
2008
Janelle S. Taylor, The Public Life of the Fetal Sonogram: Technology Consumption, and the Politics of Reproduction. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
2005
Elizabeth K. Vig, Janelle S. Taylor, Helene S. Starks, Elizabeth M. Hopley, Kelly Fryer-Edwards. “Beyond Substituted Judgment: How Surrogates Navigate End-of-Life Decision-making.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 54(11):1688-1693
2004
Janelle S. Taylor, “Surfacing the Body Interior,” Annual Review of Anthropology, 34:741-756.
2003
Janelle S. Taylor, Linda L. Layne, Danielle F. Wozniak, eds. Consuming Motherhood. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
2003
Janelle S. Taylor, “The Story Catches You and You Fall Down: Tragedy, Ethnography, and ‘Cultural Competence’,” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 17(2):159-181.
2003
Janelle S. Taylor, “Confronting ‘Culture’ in Medicine’s ‘Culture of No Culture’,” Academic Medicine, 78(3):555-559.