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stef shuster
stef shuster
Assistant Professor

Department: HPS
Address: E-193A Holmes
Phone: (517) 355-4189



stef m. shuster joined the faculty at Michigan State in 2018 as an assistant professor in Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Sociology. They earned their Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Iowa, with a certificate in Gender Studies, and their B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Their current research and teaching areas - in the social aspects of medicine, science, and gender - are united by an overarching interest in how evidence is a social artifact that is constituted through social, cultural, and historical contexts. Across their projects, stef asks: who constructs evidence, how does evidence confer authority to individuals and groups, and how is it mobilized by social actors?

The social life of “evidence” is the subject of a book project stef is working on entitled, Treating Gender: Transgender Medicine and Uncertain Expertise, which demonstrates how the gender identity component of trans healthcare raises distinct concerns for providers who use familiar tools for medical decision-making, like clinical guidelines, in an unfamiliar medical arena that is permeated by uncertainty about “best” practices for working with trans patients. Their research appears in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Gender & Society, and the Social Psychology Quarterly.