Professor Susan W. Hinze


Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1995
Associate Professor of Sociology

Co-Director, Undergraduate Studies in Sociology
Program Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

Department of Sociology
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7124

223F Mather Memorial

Phone: 216-368-2702
Fax: 216-368-2676





Dr. Hinze's interests lie primarily in medical sociology, social inequality and the emerging work/family or work/ life nexus. Most of her research has been on physicians. As a "doctor-watcher," she has used quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine medical culture. She has studied and written about gender differences in medical specialty choice, links between family life and the career paths and patterns of physicians, sexual harassment in medical training, and how women and men "do gender" and family in medical marriages. At the heart of her work is a focus on how individual choices can only be understood within the context of gendered social structural arrangements.


Using a sociology of diagnosis framework, Dr. Hinze is researching the social construction of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and is investigating the medicalization of “technological” addictions. Specifically, she is collecting data on the gaming culture of college students with an eye toward how social, institutional, structural and cultural dynamics shape gaming behaviors. Research with colleagues in the medical school explores racial/ethnic disparities in medical care and physician decision-making. Most recently, she employs an intersectionality approach to understand health outcomes for older black women.


Her primary teaching goal is to spark a "sociological imagination" in her students, so they understand how their immediate experiences are shaped by larger social, cultural and historical forces. She practices an engaged pedagogy, which recognizes that students learn best when they are actively engaged on intellectual, emotional and social levels (see Class Acts). Her teaching interests are varied, but favorite courses include the Sages First Year Seminar, Introduction to Sociology, Social Inequality, Medical Sociology, Gender, Inequalities and Globalization, Work and Family, and Introduction to Gender Studies. She has served as Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Co-Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology.






Selected Publications


Hinze, Susan W., Jielu Lin and Tanetta Andersson. 2012. “Can We Capture the Intersections? Older Black Women, Education and Health.”  Women’s Health Issues 22(1):91-98.


Hinze, Susan W., and Heidi Taylor Chirayath. 2012. “Medical Sociology Through the Lens of Human Rights.” Pp. 118-128 in the Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights, edited by David Brunsma, Brian Gran and Keri Iyall. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.


Hinze, Susan W. and Atwood D. Gaines. 2010. Preface to The Foundations of the Transformed Body. In Les Assises Du Corps Transformé: Regards Croisés sur le Genre (Congress on the Transformed Body: Intersecting Perspectives on Gender). F. Vialla, J. Mateu and M. Reynier, Editors. Paris: Les Études Hopitalières (LEH).  


Hinze, Susan W. 2010. “Physician Specialization and Gender.” The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World (edited by Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster, and J. Geoffrey Golson).


Hinze, Susan W., and Dawn Aliberti. 2010. “The Feminization of Poverty: A Global Perspective.” Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (edited by George Ritzer).


Hinze, Susan W., Noah J. Webster, Heidi T. Chirayath and Joshua H. Tamayo-Sarver. 2009. “Hurt Running from Police? No Chance of (Pain) Relief: The Social Construction of Deserving Patients in Emergency Departments.” Research in the Sociology of Health Care. 27: 235-261.


Hinze, Susan W. 2009. “Time Poverty: Finding Time in a 24/7 Global Economy.” Sage Encyclopedia of Time (edited by James Birx).


Hinze, Susan W. 2007. “Occupational Sex Segregation.” Sage Encyclopedia of Gender and Society (edited by Jodi O’Brien).


Sarver, Joshua H., Neal V. Dawson, Susan W. Hinze, Rita K. Cydulka, Robert S. Wigton, Said A. Ibrahim and David W. Baker. (2005)  "Rapid Clinical Decision-Making in Context:  A Theoretical Model to Understand Contextual Influence on Physicians' Decisions." Research in the Sociology of Health Care 23:  183-213. 


Hinze, Susan W. (2004)   “ ‘Am I Being Over-Sensitive?’  Women’s Experience of Sexual Harassment in Medical Training.” Health:  An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine 8(1): 125-151.


Hinze, Susan W. (2004) “’Women, Men, Career and Family in the U.S. Young Physician Labor Force.”  Research in the Sociology of Work (Diversity in the Workforce) 14: 185-217.


Hinze, Susan W. (2003) “Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment.” Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia by Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson (Editors). NY: ABC-Clio.


Sarver, Joshua H., Susan W. Hinze, Rita K Cydulka and David W. Baker. (2003) “Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Analgesia Prescribing in the Emergency Department.” American Journal of Public Health 93(12): 2067-2073.


Sarver, Joshua H., Neal V. Dawson, Susan W. Hinze, Rita K. Cydulka, Robert S. Wigton, Jeffrey M. Albert, Said A. Ibrahim and David W. Baker. (2003) 

"The Effect of Race/Ethnicity and Desirable Social Characteristics on Physicians' Decisions to Prescribe Opioid Analgesics." Academic Emergency Medicine 10(11): 1239-1248. 


Hinze, Susan W.(2000) “Inside Medical Marriages: The Effect of Gender on Income.” Work and Occupations 27(4): 464-499.


Hinze, Susan W., Atwood D. Gaines, Alan J. Lerner, and Peter J. Whitehouse. (1999) "An Interdisciplinary Response to the Reagan Research Institute Report on Women and Alzheimer's Disease." Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders 13(4): 183-186.


Hinze, Susan W.(1999) “Gender and the Body of Medicine or at Least Some Body Parts: (Re)constructing the Prestige Hierarchy of Medical Specialties.” The Sociological Quarterly 40(2): 217-239.


Reprinted in 2001 Readings in Medical Sociology (2nd edition), William C. Cockerham and Michael Glaser (Editors): Pp. 282-303. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.


Sobecks, Nancy W., Amy C. Justice, Susan W. Hinze, Heidi Taylor Chirayath, Rebecca A. Lasek, Mary-Margaret Chren, John Aucott, Barbara Juknialis, Richard Fortinsky, Stuart Youngner, and C. Seth Landefeld. (1999)“When Doctors Marry Doctors: A Survey Exploring the Professional and Family Lives of Young Physicians.” Annals of Internal Medicine 130(4): 312-319.