Sarah Brothers

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B.A. Sociology, University of California Berkeley, 2014
Areas of Interest: 
Medical Sociology; Sociology of Knowledge; Health & Mental Health Disparities; Urban Marginality; Substance Use; Class & Gender; Social Theory; Qualitative Methods; Ethnography
Hit Doctors at Work: Gender, Marginality and the Practice of Expertise among People who Inject Drugs

Sarah Brothers is a doctoral candidate in sociology. Her dissertation examines how people engaged in the high-risk activity of injecting drugs engage in various practices to reduce their risk. Bringing together theories of expertise, gender, and urban marginality, she uses interview and ethnographic data to analyze the production and assessment of “uncredentialed expertise” in assisted injection, a common practice in which one person injects another with illicit drugs. Prior to coming to Yale, Sarah received her BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley and her AA and AS from City College of San Francisco. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Women’s Studies, and others.


Brothers, Sarah, Alex H. Kral, Lynn Wenger, Kelsey Simpson, and Ricky N. Bluthenthal. 2020. “Assisted Injection Provider Characteristics and Motivations in Los Angeles and San Francisco California 2016-18.” In press, International Journal of Drug Policy.

Grau, Lauretta, Sarah Brothers, Ja Young Kim, Arnaaz Khwaja, Robert Heimer, and Thomas Stopka. 2020. “The HIV Care Continuum in Small Cities of Southern New England: Perspectives of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Public Health Experts, and HIV Service Providers.” Aids and Behavior 1-11.

Brothers, Sarah, Stephanie Bell Jilcott. 2020. “The Need for Evidence-Based Interventions to Reduce Food Insecurity Among College Students.”  Journal of Appalachian Health (2) 2:1-6.

Brothers, Sarah, Jess Lin, Jeffrey Schonberg, Corey Drew, Colette Auerswald. 2020. “Food Insecurity among Formerly Homeless Youth in Permanent Supportive Housing: A Social-Ecological Analysis of a Structural Intervention.” Social Science & Medicine (245C) 112724.

Brothers, Sarah. 2019. “A Good Doctor is Hard to Find: Assessing Uncredentialed Expertise in Assisted Injection.” Social Science & Medicine (237) 112446.

Brothers, Sarah. 2016. “Merchants, Samaritans, and Public Health Workers: Secondary Syringe Exchanger Discursive Practices.” International Journal of Drug Policy (37)1-8. 

Brothers, Sarah, Jeffrey Schonberg, Jess Lin, Deborah Karasek, and Colette Auerswald. 2015. “A Home of One’s Own: Formerly Homeless Youth’s Experiences of Transition into Permanent Supportive Housing.” Journal of Adolescent Health(56) 2: S9