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Susan P. Shapiro

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 Commission), self-regulation (by law firms, fact checkers, first amendment lawyers, news organizations, universities, etc.), as well as the relationship between regulatory strategies and the social organization of white-collar crime and conflict of interest.  She is currently conducting observational research in two intensive care units investigating how surrogate decision makers make medical - often end-of-life - decisions for patients unable to speak for themselves.

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