Doctoral Student

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  • Hannah Troxel
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  • Hannah received her B.A. from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2013, where she studied social change, oppression, performance, and German. Her work explores how "obesity" - as a cultural and medical category - (mis)shapes health decision making, and medical science and professional norms, and individuals' embodied experiences. In her first qualifying paper, Hannah shows how physicians engaged in boundary-work to defend their jurisdiction over obesity and discursively amputate "rogue" doctors from the profession during a public controversy over weight loss drugs. Currently, she is working on two projects: 1. Identifying how internalized fat stigma - even among people who are not considered overweight or obese - may affect individuals' cervical cancer screening choices and 2. Investigating how researchers and online communities discuss the role of obesity in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Her previous research includes work on weight loss campaigns, militia movement self-documentation on YouTube, post-WWII German memory and identity, and inequities in education.