Janelle S. Taylor

Janelle S. Taylor is a professor of anthropology at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

Her specialty is medical anthropology, meaning that she uses anthropological concepts and ethnographic methods to explore how people dealing with illness make meaning, and how the meanings that they make matter in the world — shaping the kinds of actions people take, the kinds of knowledge and technology they produce, and the kinds of bodies and lives and social relations they create.

Her research has focused on a variety of topics relating to medical technology, medical education, and medical practice in the United States — including fetal ultrasound imaging, medical decision-making at the end of life, “cultural competency,” dementia care, and “standardized patient” simulations.

Janelle is the author of “The Public Life of the Fetal Sonogram: Technology, Consumption, and the Politics of Reproduction” (2008) and co-editor of “Consuming Motherhood” (2004).