I am an Assistant Professor in the department of sociology at Wake Forest University. I completed my PhD at Brandeis University, and my BA and MSSW at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research and teaching interests span a number of sociological subfields including medical sociology, inequality, social psychology, and the sociology of emotion. 

My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Sociological Association, and has received awards from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and the Society for the Study of  Social Problems Theory Division. Recent articles have been published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Problems, Symbolic Interaction, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Contexts Magazine among other outlets.

My forthcoming book, Save My Kid: How Families of Critically Ill Children Cope, Hope, and Negotiate an Unequal Healthcare System, will be available from New York University Press in December 2019.

Feel free to contact me at gengleam [at] wfu [dot] edu.