Bernice Hausman is a professor and chair of humanities and professor of public health sciences in the Penn State College of Medicine. Her research focuses on medical controversies in the public sphere, particularly related to vaccines and infant feeding. She addresses the cultural contexts in which these medical controversies are staged, exploring the ways in which people engage in and make sense of them. Her most recent work seeks to understand vaccine dissent as a persistent and culturally meaningful aspect of modern societies.
Hausman has published scholarly articles in numerous academic journals, including Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, Journal of Medical Humanities, New Literary History, and Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, among others. During the coronavirus pandemic she has served as a go-to expert for media commentary on public attitudes toward the COVID-19 vaccines.
from Business Insider December 9, 2020
"It's a problem of repairing the lack of trust in the government, in pharmaceutical companies, and in public health.The most important thing these key players can do is let people know they're going to be cared for."
from Newsweek November 24, 2020
"Public health professionals are going to have to have a story that gets out in front of [stories like Hutchison's]—that responds to the way that people are going to try to make that a story about vaccine injury."
from The Science Times December 20, 2020
from WPSU Radio April 24, 2020