Teaching Interests
Research Interests
Educational Background

College of Natural & Social Sciences
Elaine Draper
Professor of Sociology
Director and Adviser for Law and Society Program
Internship and Service Learning Coordinator

Office: King Hall A-3047
Phone: (323) 343-2299
FAX: (323) 343-5155
Email: edraper@calstatela.edu

Biographical Sketch

Brief Vita


Sociology of Law; Work and Occupations; Environmental Policy, Law, and Society; Medical Sociology and Bioethics; Sociology of the Professions; Sociology of Science and Technology; Organizations.


Law and Society; Health and Health Policy; Environmental and Workplace Hazards; New Genetic and Biomedical Technologies; Women in the Workplace; Bioethics; and Government and Corporate Policy.

The Company Doctor book information

Risky Business book information

Representative Professional Activities



2005 (paper)  2003 (cloth) The Company Doctor: Risk, Responsibility, and Corporate Professionalism. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
1991 Risky Business: Genetic Testing and Exclusionary Practices in the Hazardous Workplace. New York: Cambridge University Press; recipient of the Robert K. Merton Book Award, American Sociological Association, Sociology of Science, Knowledge, and Technology, 1993; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Book Award, 1993; and 1992 C. Wright Mills Book Award Honorable Mention.
2012 “Lawyers and the Professional Project.” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu (June).
2012 “Cultivating Professionalism in a World of Divided Loyalties.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego (March).
2011 “Occupational Health Nursing and the Quest for Professional Authority” (with Joseph LaDou and Dan J. Tennenhouse). New Solutions 21 No. 1 (March): 57-88.
2008 “Difficult Reputations and the Social Reality of Occupational Medicine.”  New Solutions 18 No. 3 (September): 299-316.
2008 “Critical Social Issues and Policy Dilemmas in Workplace Genetic Testing.”  American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Diego (October).
2007 “Walking the Tightrope of Conflicting Loyalties:  The Dilemmas of The Company Doctor.” ACOEM eNews (January).
2005 “Contested Environmental Hazards in Corporate Policymaking and Public Disputes.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (August).
2001 “Reproductive Hazards and Fetal Exclusion Policies After Johnson Controls.” Stanford Law and Policy Review 12 (Winter) : 117-142.
2000 “Competing Conceptions of Safety: High-Risk Workers or High-Risk Work?” In Illness and the Environment, edited by Steve Kroll-Smith, Phil Brown, and Valerie J. Gunter. New York: New York University Press.
1999 “Preventive Law by Corporate Professional Team Players: Liability and Responsibility in the Work of Company Doctors.” Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 15 (Spring): 525-607.


Ph.D. Sociology 1985

    University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

J.D. 1999

    University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

B.A. Sociology and Women's Studies 1976

    University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California

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