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Susan P. Shapiro

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Research Professor

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  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • Phone: 312-988-6583

Education

Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University

Bio

Sociologist Susan Shapiro studies the social construction, social organization, and social control of fiduciary, trust, and principal-agency relationships. Her research has examined white-collar crime, ethics, conflict of interest, the professions, the news media, and medical decision making. Within these settings, studies have addressed regulation (e.g., by the Securities and Exchange…

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Research focus

Social construction, social organization, and social control of fiduciary or trust relationships. Research has examined topics such as white collar crime, ethics, conflict of interest, the professions, the news media, guardianship, and surrogate decision making.

Projects

Surrogate Decisionmaking at the End of Life: An Observational Study

The most significant “life-and-death” decisions of our lives - literally - are overwhelmingly made by others who act on our behalf when we are not competent to make our own medical…

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Publications

Standing in Another’s Shoes: How Agents Make Life-and-Death Decisions for Their Principals
Academy of Management (AOM) Perspectives
"The Living Will as Improvisation"
Bifocal: A Journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging
"Do Advance Directives Direct?"
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

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Presentations

“End-of-Life Decision Making.” (Continuing Legal Education Seminar)
May 2016
“Advance Directives and End-of-Life Decision Making.”
May 2016
“Advance Directives and End-of-Life Decision Making.” (Continuing Legal Education Seminar)
Mar 2016

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Susan Shapiro is a 2012 awardee of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.
  •  Awarded the John J. Regan Writing Award of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, May, 2013.
  • Member, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

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