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Hello!

 

I’m Jonathan Metzl, Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University and the Research Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization concerned with gun-related injuries and fatalities in America and in Tennessee.

 

I am also a psychiatrist, sociologist and author of the newly released book Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland (Basic Books, 2019).

The book explores the mortal tradeoffs that working class white Americans are asked to make in support of politics that claim to make white America “great again.”  I show how, in many instances, the actual policies involved in bringing about such “greatness” end up making working class white lives harder, sicker and shorter.

 

I’m grateful to have spent extensive time traveling across America’s Heartland to explore the impact that GOP policies on guns, tax cuts, education and healthcare has had on public health, and that my research and findings for this book have been well received. I’ve been honored to address these issues in the media, including recent appearances on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, C-SPAN, CNN, AM Joy, PBS’s Amanpour & Co, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, as well as written opinion pieces for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Vice, Politico and others.

 

My research has given me a unique perspective on how hot button political issues affect people’s everyday lives, and what we can do to create a better society for everyone.  Topics I explore in depth include: healthcare reform, education policy, guns, politics, American race relations and diversity. It is my goal to share these perspectives with your audience through lectures, keynotes, diversity training, panel opportunities and general dialogue on how policy shapes and influences corporate culture.  As the 2020 election approaches, these topics remain at the forefront of the electorate’s consciousness; and, candid, workplace dialogue will be key to navigating the future of corporate responsibility.

 

I encourage you to take a look at my speaker’s reel, which showcases the opportunities I’ve had, both domestically and internationally, to address a broad range of groups, organizations and academic institutions as one of the few leading experts in this space. 

 

Should this be of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact me or follow me on Twitter. 

 

I look forward to staying in touch and exploring opportunities together.

Sincerely,

Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD,

Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society,

Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society,

Professor of Psychiatry,

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

jonathan.metzl@vanderbilt.edu

dyingofwhiteness.com

jonathanmetzl.com

@JonathanMetzl

SPEAKING TOPICS

·       Dying of Whiteness: How Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland (book talk)

·       The Protest Psychosis: Why Race “Matters” in Mental Illness (book talk)

·       How Health Became the New Morality (book talk)

·       How We Heal: Working Back from American Polarization to Build a Better Country

·       The 2020 Election and the Future of America

·       The (Invisible) Politics of American Healthcare Reform

·       Empowering Doctors and the Healthcare System to Better Understand Race and Diversity

·       Structural competency: A new approach to Stigma and Inequality

·       What Guns Mean: A Brief History of Firearms

·       Mental Illness, Mass Shootings and the Politics of American Firearms

·       Race and American Education

·       It’s time to talk about being white in America

CREDENTIALS

Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society,

Professor of Psychiatry,

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Research Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization that is concerned with gun-related injuries and fatalities in America and in Tennessee

NOTABLE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

PRESIDENT’S SYMPOSIUM AND WHITE PAPER SERIES 
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD


CHANCELLOR’S SYMPOSIUM AND PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES BOOK SIGNING   
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (UIC)

POLITICS AND  PROSE AUTHOR EVENT 
Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.

HEALTH INEQUALITIES IN TRUMP'S AMERICA AND BREXIT BRITAIN 
Durham Town Hall, London, UK

MENTAL ILLNESS & THE 2ND AMENDMENT 
2019 Arizona State Bar Convention

KEYNOTE: PHYSICIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, ISRAEL PALESTINE
 

POLITICON
October 26 - 27, 2019