From Marginal to Marginalised

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.


The bioethical misconception
Clinical trials as treatment option

Featured Work





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 social, political and economic contexts that shape health and health policy in the US and Africa.


Areas of Expertise:

social determinants of health, US and global health policy, HIV/AIDS, international organizations, political economy of global public health, Africa, research methods

Email: tara dot mckay at vanderbilt dot edu

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




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 

Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses

March 2017

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




Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses
Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses

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




Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses

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. 


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