Daniel Menchik

Associate Professor

Daniel Menchik’s research focuses on several areas of inquiry linked by a broad interest in the cultures and social organization of medicine, science, and other areas of expert work. In short, he is interested in how social relationships among people, groups, and institutions influence the creation and use of knowledge, social status, and authority. His methodological approach to such questions has been diverse, including social network analysis, archival and library research, content analysis, interview research, and ethnographic observation. In a book manuscript, he is writing about how doctors organize their work in a way that enables them to retain control over tasks, strengthen medicine’s coalescence, and ultimately, manage its authority. Recently, he has also been studying: how language is used to manage expectations in end-of-life interactions; the social organization of arms-length relationships; and the automation of expert knowledge in medicine and other occupations.