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Susan P. Shapiro

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Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University

Curriculum vitae


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.


Trust 2.0: Law, Social Control, and New Technologies of Trust

Observers of the world of trust or fiduciary relationships have identified an evolution from institutional trust-which flows upward from individuals to states, organizations, and third parties-to…

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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"To Tell the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: Truth Seeking and Truth Telling in Law (and Other Arenas)"
Annual Review of Law and Social Science
"Sociology of Law: Speaking for the Dying"
ASA Footnotes
"Balancing Past vs Future Values in Decision-making"

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"Speaking for the Dying"
Apr 2020
“End-of-Life Decision Making.” (Continuing Legal Education Seminar)
May 2016
“Advance Directives and End-of-Life Decision Making.”
May 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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