Sue Hinze, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences

Sue Hinze is associate professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies, as well as co-director of undergraduate studies for sociology. Her research focuses heavily on medical sociology, including quantitative and qualitative studies involving physicians. She has published work on health and human rights; intersections of gender, race, class and health; sexual harassment and gendered experiences in medical training; and racial and ethnic disparities in medical decision-making.

Research Information

Research Interests

Much of her research is on physicians. She uses quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine (broadly) medical culture, including sexual harassment and gendered experiences in medical training, links between gender, family life and the career paths and patterns of physicians, and racial/ethnic disparities in physician decision-making and medical care. In recent work, she employs an intersectionality (race/ethnicity, class and gender) approach to better understand health outcomes for older women. Her newest project is on the emergence of workplace coaching services, an increasingly mainstream enterprise used by individuals and organizations to navigate complex and rapidly changing work environments.

Her work appears in Women’s Health Issues; The Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights; Research in the Sociology of Health Care; Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine; Research in the Sociology of Work; American Journal of Public Health; Work and Occupations; The Annals of Internal Medicine; Academic Emergency Medicine; The Sociological Quarterly; and Social Forces.


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 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.” In 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.” In 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.” In 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.” In 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 and 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.


Doctor of Philosophy
Vanderbilt University