Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses
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 with a focus on LGBT populations in the US and Africa.

Areas of Expertise:

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

Email: tara dot mckay at vanderbilt dot edu

From Marginal to Marginalised
Political Homophobia and Activist Discourses
The bioethical misconception
Clinical trials as treatment option
‘Their Type of Drugs'
Peer Ethnography and Health Disparities
Disclosure of HIV Status to Male and Female Partners


Jan 2017: New in Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Health insurance strengthens communities.

McKay, Tara and Stefan Timmermans. "Beyond Health Effects? Examining the

Social Consequences of Community Levels of Uninsurance Pre-ACA."

Policy Brief available here.

Dec 2016: New in a Special Issue of Qualitative Sociology

on gender, sexuality and globalization:

McKay, Tara and Nicole Angotti. "Ready Rhetorics: Political Homophobia and

Activist Discourses in Malawi, Nigeria, and Uganda." 

Aug 2016: New in a Special Issue of Global Public Health on MSM: 

McKay, Tara. "From Marginal to Marginalised: The Inclusion of Men Who Have Sex

with Men in Global and National AIDS Programs and Policy."


​July 2015: Dr. McKay, in collaboration with Claude Fischer @ UC Berkeley, receives 3 year grant from National Institute of Aging to study LGBT social networks and health

In collaboration with UC Berkeley (PI: Claude Fischer), Dr. McKay has received a 3-year grant from the National Institute of Aging to expand a study of social networks and health among older (50-70 yr) adults in the Bay Area. The expansion will include a sample of 300 lesbians and gay men surveyed 3 times over 3 years about their social network composition, availability of support, health, and life events.

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