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Carol Heimer

Carol Heimer

Carol Anne Heimer (born 1951) is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University.[1] She is known for her research on the sociology of risk and responsibility, and on regulation and ethics.[2][3]

Career and personal life

She received her B.A. from Reed College and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.[4] Her dissertation advisors were Charles Bidwell, Edward Laumann, Paul Hirsch, Donald Levine, and Michael Schudson.

She is married to prominent sociologist Arthur Stinchcombe.[5]


Her book with Lisa Staffen on infant care,[6] won the American Sociological Association Theory Section Prize,[7] as well as the ASA Medical Sociology Section's Eliot Friedson Award.[8] It examined the organization of neonatal intensive care units in United States hospitals. Heimer's current research examines the delivery of AIDS drugs in clinics in South Africa, Uganda, Thailand and the United States.[9]


  1. "Carol Heimer - Sociology Department -- Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University". 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  2. Heimer, Carol A. (1988). "Social Structure, Psychology, and the Estimation of Risk". Annual Review of Sociology. 14: 491–517. doi:10.1146/
  3. Heimer, Carol A.; Petty, Juleigh (2010). "Bureaucratic Ethics: IRBs and the Legal Regulation of Human Subjects Research". Annual Review of Law and Social Science. 6: 601–626. doi:10.1146/annurev.lawsocsci.093008.131454.
  4. "Carol A. Heimer | LAPA Fellow". 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  5. "Arthur Leonard Stinchcombe (1955) | UC Berkeley Sociology Department". Archived from the original on 2014-07-27.
  6. For the Sake of the Children: The Social Organization of Responsibility in the Hospital and in the Home,(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998)
  7. "American Sociological Association: Theory Section Awards Recipients History". 2011. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  8. For the Sake of the Children: The Social Organization of Responsibility in the Hospital and the Home, Heimer, Staffen. 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  9. "Old Inequalities, New Disease: HIV/AIDS in SubSaharan Africa." Annual Review of Sociology 33:55-557 (2007)

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