- Cultural Studies of Medicine
- Medical Rhetoric and the Medical Humanities
- Maternity and Breastfeeding
- Critical and Feminist Gender Theory
- Vaccination Controversy
- Association for Bioethics and the Humanities
- Breastfeeding and Feminism Collaborative
- Rhetoric Society of America
- American Association of University Professors
- Editorial Board, Journal of Medical Humanities
- Ph.D. University of Iowa
- B.A. Yale University
Awards and Honors
- Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech. 2015.
- Outstanding Dissertation Advisor, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, and Business, Virginia Tech Graduate School. Spring 2014.
- Outstanding Dissertation Advisor, Humanities, Business, and Social Sciences, Virginia Tech Graduate School. Spring 2010.
- Mother’s Milk: Breastfeeding Controversies in American Culture. New York: Routledge, 2003.
- Viral Mothers: Breastfeeding in the Age of HIV/AIDS. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011.
Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities. Edited by Paige Hall Smith, Bernice L. Hausman, and Miriam Labbok. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012.
- Lenny Grant, Bernice L. Hausman, Margaret Cashion, Nicholas Lucchesi, Kelsey Patel, Jonathan Roberts. “Vaccination Persuasion Online: A Qualitative Study of Two Provaccine and Two Vaccine Skeptical Websites.” Journal of Medical Internet Research 17.5 (May 2015): e133. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.4135. Web.
- Bernice L. Hausman, Mecal Ghebremichael, Philip Hayek, Erin Mack., Mecal Ghebremichael, Philip Hayek, Erin Mack. “’Poisonous, Filthy, Loathsome, Damnable Stuff’: The Rhetorical Ecology of Vaccination Concern.” Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 87 (2014): 403-16. Web.
- Heidi Y. Lawrence, Bernice L. Hausman, Clare J. Dannenberg. “Reframing Medicine’s Publics: The Local as a Public of Vaccine Refusal.” Journal of Medical Humanities 35.2 (2014): 111-129. Special issue: Medical Rhetoric. Ed. Lisa Keranen. DOI: 10.1007/s10912-014-9278-4.
- Bernice L. Hausman. “Breastfeeding, Rhetoric, and the Politics of Feminism.” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 34.4 (2013): 330-344. Special Issue: The Politics of Breastfeeding. Ed. Jennifer Lucas. (invited) DOI: 10.1080/1554477X.2013.835673.
- An Epidemiology of Information: Data Mining the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. National Endowment for the Humanities, Digging Into Data Challenge. $123,778. PI E. Thomas Ewing. Co-PIs Bernice L. Hausman and Naren Ramakrishnan. In collaboration with Gunther Eysenbach, Toronto Centre for Global eHealth Innovation. January 2012-June 2014.
- Blue Ridge Writing Project. National Writing Project. $35,000. PI Bernice L. Hausman. June 2011-June 2013.
- Cumberland Plateau Health District Flu Vaccine Study. Virginia Department of Health. $28,000. PI Susan Marmagas, Co-PIs Bernice L. Hausman, Francois Elvinger, Clare Dannenberg. February-July 2011.
Bernice Hausman is a faculty affiliate in Women’s and Gender Studies, ASPECT, and Science and Technology in Society. She is also a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where she teaches a humanities course to second-year students and serves as an advisor to students interested in narrative medicine and the medical humanities. Her current research into vaccination involves qualitative ethnographic studies and a book about vaccine skepticism in the 21st century. She convenes the Vaccination Research Group (VRG; vaccination.english.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech, a collaborative, team-based, humanities research group including undergraduate and graduate student researchers. She is also interested in the role of the humanities in public culture and how to promote the humanities as a critical component of sustainable communities in the 21st century.