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Gayle A. Sulik, Ph.D.
Dr. Gayle Sulik, M.A., Ph.D, is a social science researcher and writer affiliated with the University at Albany (SUNY) Department of Women’s Studies. With expertise in medical sociology and interdisciplinary community research, her scholarship focuses on medical consumerism, technology, cancer survivorship, health policy, and the culture and industry of breast cancer. She is author of Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health (Oxford, 2011) as well numerous articles, essays, and book chapters on health and medicine.
In 2008 Dr. Sulik received a highly competitive research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete her book, Pink Ribbon Blues. She was named #7 in ShareCare’s top ten online influencers in the field of breast cancer in 2012, and she is winner of Sociologists for Women in Society’s 2013 Distinguished Feminist Lecturer award. After serving as an assistant professor for six years Dr. Sulik shifted her focus toward public engagement to make sociology more accessible and relevant to those who may benefit from its approach.
Gayle Sulik is well known for her writing on the Pink Ribbon Blues Blog, which has reached 350 thousand readers. Several of her essays have been published or republished by Oxford University Press, KevinMD, Ms Magazine, Girl w/ Pen, and other outlets. Regularly interviewed in a variety of media from Reutersto USA Today to Marie Claire, Dr. Sulik has also been a guest on America’s Radio News Network, NPR’s All Things Considered, The Kojo Nnamdi Show on NPR’s Washington DC affiliate (WAMU), “The Dr. Laura Berman Show” on Oprah Radio, “Second Opinion Live” on Reach MD, “Back Again with Keith & Jocelyn” on WYBCX, “The Stupid Cancer Show“ and others.
In addition to ongoing research and public sociology, Dr. Sulik provides consulting and evaluation services to organizations focusing on community based health programs. She also gives public lectures and workshops to colleges, universities, and community organizations. Strongly engaged in her discipline and the medical humanities more broadly, Sulik serves on several editorial boards and working groups, participates in conference panels and presentations, reviews books and articles for scholarly journals, and evaluates scholarly research.
Most recently, Gayle Sulik founded the Breast Cancer Consortium, an international partnership committed to energizing the scientific and public discourse about breast cancer and to promoting collaborative initiatives among researchers, advocates, health professionals, educators, and others who focus on the system-wide factors that affect breast cancer as an individual experience, a social problem, and a health epidemic.
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Pink Ribbon Blues reveals the hidden costs of the pink ribbon as an industry, one in which breast cancer functions as a brand name with a pink ribbon logo. Based on historical and ethnographic research, analysis of awareness campaigns, and hundreds of interviews, Sulik shows that while millions walk, run, and purchase products for a cure, cancer rates rise, industry thrives, and breast cancer is stigmatized anew for those who reject the pink ribbon model. The book points out the positives and the flaws of pink ribbon culture while offering alternatives.