Jessica Polzer

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MSc, PhD
Graduate Chair
Associate Professor - Women's Studies and Feminist Research and Health Sciences
Office: Lawson Hall 3237
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 81576
jpolzer@uwo.ca

Research

My program of research focuses on the politics of women's health in the 21st century, with a specific focus on the intersection of discourses on gender, health risk, and biotechnology. My current research projects include a critical discourse analysis of public media accounts of the HPV vaccine in English-speaking Canadian newspapers and health information materials. My doctoral research explored how women with family histories of breast cancer experience their risks for breast cancer, and how these experiences are shaped by the process of predictive genetic testing. I have extensive experience designing and conducting qualitative health research, and my dissertation was awarded the Illinois Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award by the International Center for Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Sanford, S., Polzer, J., and McDonough, P. Preparedness as a technology of (in)security: Pandemic influenza planning and the global biopolitics of emerging infectious disease. Social Theory & Health. Forthcoming.

  • Polzer, J., Mancuso, F. & Laliberte Rudman, D. (2014). Risk, responsibility, resistance: Young women’s negotiations of identity and healthy citizenship in human papillomavirus (HPV) narratives. Narrative Inquiry, 24(2), 281-308.

  • McDonough, P. & Polzer, J.  (2012). Habitus, hysteresis and organizational change in the public sector, Canadian Journal of Sociology, 37(4), 357-380. 

  • Polzer, J. & Knabe, S. (2012). From desire to disease: Human papillomavirus (HPV) and the medicalization of nascent female sexuality. Special issue of the Journal of Sex Research on the Medicalization of Sex, 49(4), 344-352. 

  • Thompson, A. & Polzer, J. (2012). School Based HPV Vaccination for Girls in Ontario. Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health. Population and Public Health Ethics: Cases from Research, Policy, and Practice. University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics: Toronto, ON. Available on the web in PDF format © University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (2012) http://www.jointcentreforbioethics.ca/publications/documents/Population-and-Public-Health-Ethics-Casebook-ENGLISH.pdf

  • Polzer, J. (2010). Caring for the self, caring for others: the politics and ethics of genetic risk for breast cancer, Canadian Woman Studies, 28 (2-3, Spring/Summer), S71-76. Special issue on Women and Cancer. 

  • Mancuso, F. & Polzer, J. (2010). “It’s your body but…”: Young women’s narratives of declining human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, Canadian Woman Studies, 28 (2-3, Spring/Summer), 77-81. Special issue on Women and Cancer. 

  • Polzer, J. & Robertson, A. (2010). Seeing and knowing in 21st century genomic medicine: The clinical pedigree as epistemological tool and hybrid risk technique, New Genetics & Society, 29(2), 133-147. 

  • Polzer, J. & Knabe, S. (2009). Good girls do... get vaccinated: HPV, mass marketing and moral dilemmas for sexually active young women.  Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63(11), 869-870. 

  • MacEachen, E., Polzer, J., & Clarke, J. (2008). "You are free to set your own hours": Governing worker productivity and health through flexibility and resilience, Social Science & Medicine, 66, 1019-1033. 

  • Breslin, C., Polzer, J., MacEachen, E., Shannon, H., & Morrongiello, B. (2007). Workplace injury or “part of the job”? Towards a gendered understanding of injuries and complaints among young workers, Social Science & Medicine, 64, 782-93. 

  • Polzer, J. & Robertson, A. (2007). From familial disease to “genetic risk”. Harnessing women’s labour in the (co)production of scientific knowledge about breast cancer. In Hannah-Moffat, K. and O’Malley P. (Eds), Gendered Risks, London: Glasshouse Press, pp. 31-53. 

  • Polzer, J. (2005). Choice as responsibility: Genetic testing as citizenship through familial obligation and the management of risk. In Bunton, R. and Petersen, A. (Eds), Genetic Governance: Health, Risk and Ethics in the Biotech Era, London: Taylor and Francis, pp. 79-92. 

  • Poland, B., Graham, H., Walsh, E., Williams, P., Fell, L., Lum, J., Polzer, J., Syed, S., Tobin, S., Kim, G., Yardy, G. (2005). ‘Working at the margins’ or ‘Leading from behind’?: A Canadian study of hospital-community collaboration, Health and Social Care in the Community, 13(2), 125-135. 

  • Madlensky, L., Goel V., Polzer J., Ashbury FD. (2003). Assessing the evidence for organized cancer screening programmes, European Journal of Cancer, 39(12), 1647-52. 

  • Polzer, J., Mercer, S., Goel, V. (2002). ‘Blood is thicker than water’: Genetic testing as citizenship through familial obligation and the management of risk, Critical Public Health, 12(2), 1-16.

Chapters in Books

  • Polzer, J. & Robertson, A. (2007). From familial disease to "genetic risk". Harnessing women's labour in the (co)production of scientific knowledge about breast cancer. In Hannah-Moffat, K. and O'Malley P. (Eds), Gendered Risks, London: Glasshouse Press, pp. 31-53.

  • Polzer, J. (2005). Choice as responsibility: Genetic testing as citizenship through familial obligation and the management of risk. In Bunton, R. and Petersen, A. (Eds), Genetic Governance: Health, Risk and Ethics in the Biotech Era, London: Taylor and Francis, pp. 79-92.

Invited Journal Articles

Polzer, J. & Knabe, S. (2009). Good girls do... get vaccinated: HPV, mass marketing and moral dilemmas for sexually active young women. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63(11), 869-870.

Published Workshop Proceedings

Polzer, J. (2000). Genetic testing, citizenship and subjectivity: Implications for women and health. In The Gender of Genetic Futures: The Canadian Biotechnology Strategy, Women and Health. Proceedings of a National Workshop held at York University, Toronto, Ontario, February 11-12, 2000. Available electronically at: http://www.cewh-cesf.ca/PDF/biotech/gender-wkshop.pdf