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
Expertise, Gender, and Marginality: Assessing Protective Processes among People who Inject Drugs in the United States

How do persons who inject drugs (PWID) protect themselves from overdose and HIV infection? I examine how acquisition and dissemination of protective knowledge and practices among PWID differ by gender. I use ethnographic observation and in-depth semi-structured interviews in two field sites, San Francisco California and New Haven Connecticut.


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

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

Brothers, Sarah. “‘Hard to Hit’: A Qualitative Study of Assisted Injection Risks and Practices by Persons who Inject Drugs.” Under Review