Tara McKay is a sociologist and assistant professor of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University. Before joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, Dr. McKay was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

Her research examines the effects of health policy for marginalized individuals and communities, with a strong focus on LGBT people, families, and communities in the US and African contexts.

Areas of Expertise:

LGBT health, US health policy, global health as development, social movement strategies in criminalized contexts, HIV

Countries of Expertise:

US, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda

Email: tara dot mckay at vanderbilt dot edu

Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses

January 2017

Health insurance matters for American communities. 

 Beyond Health Effects? Examining the Social Consequences of Community Levels of Uninsurance Pre-ACA

Tara McKay and Stefan Timmermans.

Policy Brief available here.

July 2015

Dr. McKay, in collaboration with Claude Fischer at the University of California, Berkeley, receives three-year grant from National Institute of Aging to study LGBT social networks and health. 

More after the jump

December 2016

New in a Special Issue of Qualitative Sociology 
on gender, sexuality and globalization:

Ready Rhetorics: Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses in Malawi, Nigeria, and Uganda

Tara McKay and Nicole Angotti 

February 2017

New in a Special Issue of Critical African Studies
on LGBT rights and organizing in African contexts

​Pursuing Social Justice through Public ​Health: Gender and Sexual Diversity Activism in Malawi

Ashley Currier and Tara McKay

Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses
The bioethical misconception

January 2019

​New in a Special Issue of Sociology of Development

on the sociology of global health

Lgbt Visibility and Anti-Gay Backlash: Unintended Consequences of Responses to HIV/AIDS in Malawi and Senegal
Nicole Angotti, Tara McKay, Rachel Sullivan Robinson

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From Marginal to Marginalised
Clinical trials as treatment option
Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses
Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses

Featured Work

July 2018

New NBER Working Paper

Effects of Access to Legal Same-Sex Marriage on Marriage and Health: Evidence from BRFSS

Christopher Carpenter, Sam Eppink, Gilbert Gonzales, Tara McKay

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March 2018

Special Issue of Global Public Health now available as edited volume!

Rethinking MSM, Trans* and other Categories in HIV Prevention

Amaya G. Perez-Brumer, Richard Parker, Peter Aggleton (eds)

March 2017

New in Health Affairs Blog
The Social Costs of Repealing the ACA

June 2017

New in Health Affairs Blog

Two Things Health Researchers And Allies Can Do Right Now

To Advance LGBT Research

Tara McKay and Gilbert Gonzales