Areas of Specialization:
Medical Sociology, Political Sociology, Social Inequalities
Kevin (PhD University of Kansas) leads the Sociology Minor at the KU Edwards campus and focuses on teaching. He teaches courses in medical sociology but also teaches a variety of undergraduate courses from social problems to deviance. Kevin is particularly interested in advancing the educational experiences of non-traditional students by creating a more discussion-based and student-centered approach to teaching sociology. His research interests lie at the intersection of politics, health care, and inequality, specifically Medicaid and the role of advocacy groups in shaping Medicaid reforms.
What are the implications of how advanced welfare states socially organize the responsibility of care for the health of society's most vulnerable people? I use qualitative methods to explore the question of where the location of responsibility of care should lie between the state, market, and family, a moral question underlying contemporary debates on health and social care, particularly in the U.S. Recent reforms that expand Medicaid eligibility on the one hand and impose work requirements and additional responsibilities on Medicaid consumers and health care providers on the other embody conflicting perspectives on this question. Moreover, in light of how traditional retrenchment and marketization is possibly being displaced by a crude moral conviction to regulate a boundary between those deserving and undeserving of public assistance, I want to understand how advocacy groups might mitigate this trend. I also want to understand the implications of the state codifying health as an individual market trouble for the idea of the public. I bring this moral question into the classroom to provide students a unique lens by which to understand American politics, health care, and social problems and to show them how their own perspectives on care are shaped by and can shape society.
- Medical sociology
- Sociological social psychology
- Social problems