New Major new appointment for Global Health & Social Medicine – Professor Lochlann Jain

We are delighted to announce that Professor Lochlann Jain, an internationally renowned scholar, has been appointed to the part-time position of Professor of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London starting in September 2017.

Professor Lochlann Jain joins the College from the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, California.  She is a world leader in the fields of medical anthropology, legal anthropology, gender studies, and science & technology studies. She has published extensively in leading academic journals and is the author of two widely reviewed and praised books.

Professor Jain’s research explores how the inevitable injuries and diseases that result from corporate and medical practices, racialized and gendered labour, and patterns of consumption have been understood and justified institutionally through economics, medicine, and law, and then how these injuries are further rendered commonsensical in science, media, and popular culture. Her work is broadly concerned with which bodies bear the costs of “progress” and the infrastructures (law, medicine, and policy) that support and normalise that distribution.

This significant research has resulted in two books.  The first book, Injury: The Politics of Product Design and Safety Law in the United States, shows how certain commercial products have come to be understood as dangerous in American injury law.  The second book, Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us, explores why cancer has remained so confounding despite the attention it has received and the resources that have been used to find a cure. Globally described as one of the most important books on cancer in decades,Malignant has sparked a new conversation about cancer as a complex social, cultural and political phenomenon. The book has won several honours and awards and has been widely reviewed in journals, magazines and newspapers.

Professor Karen Glaser, Head of the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine commented:  “Lochlann Jain is an outstanding academic of international standing.  This appointment is exceptional news for our Department, and a significant development in our ambition to expand our teaching and research in the area of social medicine.”

Professor Bronwyn Parry, Head of School of Global Affairs, added: “The School of Global Affairs is delighted to welcome Lochlann to KCL. Her ground-breaking anthropological work on how we narrativize injury and cancer is exceptionally imaginative and politically challenging and I look forwards tremendously to the close collaborations that she will develop with colleagues in our world leading department of Global Health & Social Medicine.”

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