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Hanssmann's research interests include the politics of health, science and medicine, focused on relationships between biomedicine and social movements. Hanssmann's writings include transgender health care, housing, feminist health justice, and health-based social movements. Hanssmann works collaboratively with researchers and activists in feminist, queer, and trans*feminist health and justice as well as prison abolition movements. He supports and consults with California Coalition for Women Prisoners, TGIJP, and more.
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Discusses how health workers in two U.S. urban safety‐net hospitals worked with patients without stable housing.
Discusses how managing the “hot spots”: Health care, policing, and the US. Health care systems in the US are experimenting with “hot spotting,” which targets high-cost patients— so-called “super-utilizers”—with intensive health and social services. Mentions through a calculative deployment of resources to the costliest patients, health care hot spotting promises to simultaneously improve population health and decrease financial expenditures on health care for impoverished
Examines how social movements reconceptualized trans-health in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Looking ethnographically to medical and activist practice, the article analyzes "epidemiological biographies", or activist-produced community-based studies blending quantitative and narrative data. Draws on population health, feminist science studies, transgender studies, and social theory to discuss the circulation and implications of these publications. Describes how epidemiological biographies disputed health behavioral models by defining state violence and criminalization as primary conditions endangering health and life expectancy among travestis and trans-people.
Examines how the deployment of social assistance within a neoliberal institutional logic aligns economistic values and ethics of care.
Offers an empirical and theoretical inquiry into how the emergent field of trans health can be productively read with and through feminist health formations. Explores connections (tense and otherwise) between trans health and feminist health, and it brings critical theorizing of feminist health practices to bear on how trans health is currently fashioned, situated, and represented.
Explores some of the structural challenges of Trans 101-style trainings for health care providers in health care pedagogy.