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Liz Chiarello, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Courses Taught

Medical Sociology, Law & Society, Organizations, Professions


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Research Interests

Chiarello's research examines stability and change in professional fields by bridging rarely integrated subfields—sociological theories of organizations and medicine and socio-legal theories of criminality and frontline work. Primarily using qualitative, ethnographic methods, she concentrates on pharmacy, a highly understudied profession caught in the crossfires of contemporary political conflict. She focuses on two particularly controversial types of drugs: emergency contraceptive pills and narcotics. Though these drugs serve very different physical functions, they are subject to overlapping social contexts and similar mechanisms of resistance by political groups.

Publications and Media Placements

2015. Chiarello, E. "The War on Drugs Comes to the Pharmacy Counter: Frontline Work in the Shadow of Discrepant Institutional Logics." Law & Social Inquiry 40(1): 86-122.

2014. Chiarello, E. "Medical v. Fiscal Gatekeeping: Navigating Professional Contingencies at the Pharmacy Counter." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 42(4): 518-534.

2013. Chiarello, E. "Contextualizing Consequences: A Socio-legal Approach to Social Movement Consequences in Professional Fields." Mobilization: An International Quarterly 18(4): 429-451.

2013. Chiarello, E. "How Organizational Context Affects Bioethical Decision-Making: Pharmacists’ Management of Gatekeeping Processes in Retail and Hospital Settings." Social Science & Medicine 98: 319-329.

2011. Chiarello, E. "Challenging Professional Self-Regulation: Social Movement Influence on Pharmacy Rulemaking in Washington State." Work and Occupations 38: 303-339.

2011. Morrill, C. and Chiarello, E. "Social Movements in Organizations/Institutions."

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, edited by D. A Snow, D. Della Porta, B. Klandermans, and D. McAdam. Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishers.

2010. Amenta, A., Caren, N., Chiarello, E., and Su, Y. "The Political Consequences of Social Movements." Annual Review of Sociology 36: 287-307.

2003.Casasola, M., Cohen, L. B., and Chiarello, E. "Six-month-old Infants’ Categorization of Containment Spatial Relations." Child Development 74: 679-693.