Rodney Hunt

Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences

Education

  • BA (Honours), Sociology, University of Victoria.
  • MA, Sociology, University of Victoria
  • PhD Candidate, Sociology, Simon Fraser University

Biography

Rodney Hunt is a health sociologist whose research and teaching is committed to informing social justice advocacy and policy change efforts that address issues of health equity. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at SFU. Before coming to SFU, Rodney completed his BA and MA in sociology at the University of Victoria. Rodney’s research has been supported by a number of scholarships and awards, including a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2007-2010) and a Research Trainee Senior Graduate Studentship from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2007-2008).

Teaching Interests

I have a number of teaching interests, including critical theoretical approaches to the social determinants of health and health inequities, sex/gender and health, social and cultural perspectives on human bodies, and qualitative approaches to health research. My approach to teaching foregrounds questions of the relationship between social structure and human agency, power and knowledge formations, and a strong commitment to the principles of equity and social justice – principles I also try to model and enact through my classroom practice.

Research Interests

My research interests include the social structural determinants of health, social inequities and health, critical public health, social theory and qualitative approaches to health research, with an emphasis on sex/gender diversity, social and cultural perspectives on human bodies, and the health of vulnerable populations. In my doctoral research, I am exploring the relationship between knowledge/power and discursive constructions of human intersex. The aim of my research is to further understandings about the social construction of sex/gender with the specific goal of improving the quality and continuity of care for intersex children and their families.