About

Alex Brewer is a medical sociologist and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University. Her research interrogates the reproduction of social inequalities in the US healthcare system. Dr. Brewer is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how frontline healthcare workers manage the problem of urban hospital overcrowding, which it links to broader historical processes of deindustrialization, racial segregation, and fiscal austerity. In other projects, Dr. Brewer studies gender inequality in medical education, the structure of expertise in the medical profession, and clinical decision-making about pain management in the context of the opioid crisis. Her work has been published in the American Sociological Review and Social Science & Medicine and has won awards from the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Dr. Brewer earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2020.