Dr. Chris Sanders

Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8530
Office Location: 
RB 2038
Office Hours: 
Summer 2021: By appointment
Academic Qualifications: 

Postdoctoral Fellow (Public Health), Medical College of Wisconsin
PhD (Sociology), York University
MA (Sociology), York University
BA (Honors & Distinction, Sociology), University of California, Santa Barbara

Previous Teaching/Work: 

My current undergraduate courses are: Sociology of Healthcare; Critical Public Health; Sociology of Mental Disorder; Medicine and Society in Modernity; Humor & Society; Research Methods; Sociology of LGBT Communities

My current graduate seminars are: Sociology of Health & Illness; Global Public Health; Masculinities and Men's Health

Research Interests: 

I'm a medical sociologist who specializes in the fields of public health and mental health. Early in my career, I cut my teeth studying how the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada impacts the LGBT community and public health HIV prevention policy and frontline practices--I'm passionate about this issue and consider it an ongoing labor of love. Please contact me to learn more or if you are interested in collaboration.

Since coming to LU, I have partnered on several studies examining health care access in Ontario. My current projects examine: beliefs about immunization and vaccine hesitancy in northern communities (CIRN-funded); personal identification (PID) as a social determinant of health (SSHRC-funded); sex education curricula in Ontario (SSHRC-funded); and pharmaceutical approaches to HIV prevention among men who have sex with men (MSM) in rural Ontario.

Most recently, I have begun studying the medicalization of autism. Currently, I am heading a project that investigates the social meanings and identities of people diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (SSHRC-funded).

I am affiliated with the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research. I am a member of the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (http://clhe.ca) and the Thunder Bay ID Action Group.