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Rachel Core

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Rachel Core is a medical sociologist with research and teaching interests in health inequalities, particularly in Asia. She speaks, reads and writes Mandarin and has spent seven years in China, including 18 months conducting research for her dissertation, "The Fall and Rise of Tuberculosis: How institutional change affected health outcomes in Shanghai, 1927-2013," which was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation. Before coming to Stetson, Core held a post-doctoral fellowship in medical humanities at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.


  • Ph.D., sociology, The Johns Hopkins University
  • M.Sc., development studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • B.A., Asian studies, Carleton College

Course Topics

  • Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology
  • Population
  • Society and Environment
  • Anthropology
  • Field Methods
  • Sociology of Developing Societies
  • Medicine and Health in Society
  • Methods and Styles of Social Science Communication

Research Interests

  • Global health
  • Tuberculosis control
  • Organization of health care
  • History of public health in China


  • Core, Rachel. 2014. "Tuberculosis Control in Shanghai: Bringing Health to the Masses, 1928-Present." In Medical Transitions in Twentieth-Century China, edited by Bridie Andrews and Mary Brown Bullock, 126-145. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

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