2025 Board of Trustees

Liz Chiarello

Saint Louis University

Liz Chiarello is an associate professor of sociology at Saint Louis University where she conducts research at the intersections of medical sociology, socio-legal scholarship, and organizational theory. She spent the 2019-2020 academic year as a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is currently working on two primary research projects: the first examines institutional influences on pharmacists’ ethical decision-making, and the second examines the contemporary U.S. opioid crisis as a case for understanding how two fields–healthcare and criminal justice–address the same social problem. This study examines institutional collaboration and conflict between criminal justice and healthcare workers, technological influences on frontline work, and implications for inequality in patients’ access to care and exposure to the criminal justice system. She teaches several courses including Medical Sociology, Law and Society, Drugs and Society, and Introduction to Sociology. Her first book, Policing Patients, is currently under contract at Princeton University Press. Her work has appeared in sociology and socio-legal journals as well as popular media including op-eds, and podcasts. She is a frequent public commentator on opioid-related topics and has been featured in USA Today, Bloomberg News, and St. Louis on the Air (an NPR affiliate).


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