An Interview with Lauren Hall

IHS caught up with Lauren Hall during the manuscript workshop for her book
The Politics of Birth, Death, and Medicalization.

An Interview with Lauren Hall
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"... as a faculty member who doesn't have a lot of institutional support for research there's no way that I could have found funding for this kind of event and given the interdisciplinary nature of the work it was so important to me to be able to have it read by economists and policy people ..."

On the importance of the manuscript workshop
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"... I was actually thinking about this earlier and one of the things that I actually didn't anticipate was how much networking was going on, so you actually have these really interesting groups of people who may not, some of them knew each other ahead of time, but not all of them did, and there are people who are doing interesting kinds of work that crossover and they were not necessarily aware of each other's work and so there's been some really neat connections that I've been seeing people make. ... it's always kind of exciting to be on the sort of beginning of of a project and being able to sort of push that project to completion and play a role in making it better ..."

How do these workshops
benefit others?
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On incorporating feedback from the workshop

"... I was actually sort of shying away from providing too much policy, too much policy suggestions because I just wasn't sure how I wanted to do that, but it sounds like, I think I got some really good advice on how to approach that issue. And so yeah, so in terms of sort of concrete policy suggestions I think that's gonna be a really big part of the piece moving forward ..."

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On what she plans to teach at Summer Seminars

"I'll be looking at one of the one of the talks will be on medicine and what I want students to sort of look at is all of these ways in which regulations sort of make decisions for you before you even get to the point that you are able to make a decision ..."

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On her approach to teaching at Summer Seminars

"... I spend a lot of time teaching students who are not necessarily interested. And so I spend a lot of time getting them interested and that's a really, really, valuable way to approach teaching, but Summer Seminars are incredible because you're teaching a bunch of students who are already really invested ..."

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On the most important benefits of working with IHS

"... the opportunities that IHS has provided for me as a faculty member I think were really, really, crucial. At the same time I'm not sure how you get that faculty pipeline unless you have the student pipeline through the seminars and things so I don't know how you do that. It's kind of a chicken and egg kind of argument ..."

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Lauren's closing thoughts on what IHS has meant

"... I guess I just want to say you know without sounding sort of overly fulsome, or anything like that, I mean IHS has been probably the most important piece of my intellectual development from grad school on. And it's hard for me to overestimate how important is has been because it has just been such a constant presence ..."

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IHS sat down with Lauren Hall during her recent manuscript workshop for her upcoming book “The Politics of Birth, Death, and Medicalization.” Topics include the workshop, Summer Seminars, and working with IHS.
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