2017-2018: Medical Humanities

Jorie Hofstra

Jorie Hofstras photo CopyJorie Hofstra is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. Her research interests include medicine and health, emotion, narrative, culture, and identity. In her dissertation, “Narrating the Neurally-Disrupted Self: Brain, Self, and Society in the Attribution of Dysregulated Anger” she studies how people facing the problem of anger after a brain injury negotiate cultural discourses relating the brain to the self, and what these people's narratives reveal about the possibilities for selfhood in an era in which the brain is believed to be central to identity. Jorie holds an MA in Sociology from Rutgers University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation.

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