The Dartmouth Institute
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

academic positions

  • Research Associate, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, 2024-2026.


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Chicago, 2024.
  • Dissertation: Winning at a Losing Game - Divergent Ontologies and Shared Practices in Medicine.
  • MA, Sociology, University of Chicago, 2018.
  • BA, Cum Laude, Philosophy and Sociology, Kent State University, 2016.


  • Timothy B. Elder and Austin C. Kozlowski. "Status and Subfield: The Distribution of Sociological Specialization across Departments." doi:10.31235/
  • Under Review at Poetics

  • Timothy B. Elder, “Interdependence and Difference: Niche Construction and Collaboration in Medicine”
  • In Preparation for American Sociological Review

  • Timothy B. Elder, “Discourse of Data and Talk of Values: Integrating Patient-Clinician Decision-Making in End-of-Life Care”
  • In Preparation for Journal of Health and Social Behavior

  • Timothy B. Elder, “The Operation Was Successful, and the Patient Died: Success and Failure in the Care of the Dying”
  • In Preparation for Social Science and Medicine


University of Chicago

  • Teaching Assistant, Invitation to Sociology, Spring 2022.
  • Teaching Assistant, Maverick Markets. Spring 2020.
  • Teaching Assistant, Social, Structure, and Change. Winter 2020.
  • Teaching Assistant, Urban Policy Analysis. Autumn 2019.
  • Teaching Assistant, Sociology of Human Sexuality. Spring 2020.
  • Teaching Intern, Power, Identity, and Resistance. Autumn and Winter 2018-2019.


University of Chicago

  • Research Assistant, Ensago-Networks Project, Summer and Autumn 2021.
  • Course Development, Invitation to Sociology, 2018-2019.

Kent State University

  • Research Assistant, Group Processes EEG Laboratory, 2015-2016.


  • “The Ratlines — Clandestine Networks and Nazi Fugitives at the End of the Second World War” with Hanock A. Spitzer, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting 2023 Philadelphia, PA, Regular Session Historical Sociology.

  • “Intra-Professional Collaboration in the Hospital”, Chicago Ethnography Conference Loyola University, Chicago. April 2023.

  • “Intra-Professional Collaboration in Acute Hospital Settings”, Midwest Sociological Society Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN. March 2023.

  • “Intra-Professional Collaboration in Medicine: Applying Ecological Concepts to Hospice and Palliative Medicine”, Eastern Sociological Society Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. February 2023.

  • “Status and Subfield: The Distribution of Sociological Specializations across Departments” with Austin C. Kozlowski, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting 2022 Los Angeles, CA, Regular Session History of Sociology and Social Thought.

  • “Managing Consensus and Dissensus in Palliative Medicine”. Medicine and Its Objects Workshop, University of Chicago, Autumn 2021.

  • “An Empirical Investigation of Privacy: The Impact of Multiple Levels of Trust”. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting 2015 Chicago, IL. Roundtable.

  • “An Empirical Perspective on Altman's Theory of Privacy.” North Central Sociological Association 2015 Cleveland, OH.

research interests

  • Sociology of Medicine
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Computational Methods
  • Health Services Research
  • Organizations
  • Death and Dying


  • Creator and Coordinator, PlainText Working Group. Winter and Spring 2023.
  • Book Review Board, American Journal of Sociology, 2021-2022.
  • Manuscript Board, American Journal of Sociology, 2018-2019.
  • Student Coordinator, Social Theory and Evidence Workshop, 2018-2019.
  • Student Coordinator, UChicago Sociology Colloquium, 2018-2019.
  • Co-Chair, Society for Social Research, 2018-2019.
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Sociology, Sexuality & Culture

professional membership

  • Eastern Sociological Society. 2022-Present.
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2021-Present.
  • Midwest Sociological Society. 2019-2022.
  • American Sociological Association. 2015-Present.


John Levi Martin
Professor of Sociology
University of Chicago
Jenny Trinitapoli
Professor of Sociology
University of Chicago