Tasleem Padamsee, PhD

Assistant Professor
Health Services Management and Policy

Phone: 614-688-0986
Email: padamsee.1@osu.edu

1841 Neil Ave.
280F Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH 43210


Dr. Padamsee is a sociologist by training, and brings theoretical and methodological tools from sociology and women’s studies to bear on public health problems. Her research agenda explores the nexus of social inequality, public policy, and health care. Dr. Padamsee is the Principal Investigator for two major ongoing projects. The first is an in-depth comparative study of how HIV/AIDS policies have been made in the United States and the United Kingdom over the past 30 years. This research draws on more than 200 original interviews with national-level policy makers, and is the subject of a book manuscript under development. It has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, Reed Foundation, and Wellcome Trust. Her second project is a multi-method study of how diverse women at elevated risk for breast cancer make prevention decisions, and the effects of these decision-making processes on physical and psychosocial health. This research is funded by a K01 award from the National Cancer Institute.

Research Interests

Breast cancer prevention
U.S. health policy
Health care institutions
Health disparities
Women's health
Comparative health politics
Qualitative research methods
Comparative and historical research methods


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sociology, The Ohio State University, 2009-2011
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan, 2007
M.A., Sociology, University of Michigan, 2000
Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, 2000
B.A., Psychology & Premedical Studies, Cornell University, 1994

Selected Publications

Tasleem J. Padamsee and Hugh Klein. 2013. “HIV Prevention Fatigue and HIV Complacency: Ongoing Challenges in Advanced Industrialized Nations.” Pages 271-303 in Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy, and Activism Reference Set, Volume 2, edited by Raymond A. Smith; Praeger Publishers.

Tasleem J. Padamsee. 2011. “The Pharmaceutical Corporation and the “Good Work” of Managing Women’s Bodies.” Social Science & Medicine 72, 1342-1350.

Tasleem J. Padamsee. 2009. “Culture in Connection: Re-Contextualizing Ideational Processes in the Analysis of Policy Development.” Social Politics 16(4), 413-445.

Tasleem J. Padamsee. 2009. “Understanding the Making of National HIV/AIDS Policies: The Critical Role of Health Care Institutions.” Pages 318-327 in HIV/AIDS: Global Frontiers in Prevention/Intervention, edited by Cynthia Pope, Renée White, and Robert Malow; Routledge, Inc.

Tasleem J. Padamsee and Julia Adams, 2002. “Signs and Regimes Revisited.” Social Politics, 9(2), 187-202. Julia Adams and Tasleem J. Padamsee, 2001. “Signs and Regimes: Rereading Feminist Work on Welfare States.” Social Politics 8(1), 1-23.

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