Cameron Macdonald

Cameron Macdonald

Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Studies
Cameron Macdonald

Cameron Macdonald is a Sociologist returning to Social Studies as Visiting Assistant Professor.  Her intellectual passions include Health Care, Families, Qualitative Research Methods and Social Theory.  She is particularly interested in the intersection of theory and method, which shapes her approach to teaching Social Studies 40. 

Her research has focused on public/private intersections of caregiving: the blurry line between paid and unpaid labor in caring for children, the sick, and the elderly. Her recent book, Shadow Mothers: Nannies, au pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering (2011) explores how class, ethnicity and mothering norms shape the division of labor between working mothers and their childcare providers. She has also edited two anthologies on service sector workers.

Her current research explores how changes in health policy shape interactions between patients, their families, and their healthcare providers. “The Home as Hospital” analyzes how the caregiving experiences of cancer patients and their families are affected by insurance reimbursement policies requiring discharge from hospitals “sicker and quicker.”  She is also an expert on the Affordable Care Act, and on end-of-life care. 

Macdonald is an award winning teacher at the college level, and has earned numerous teaching awards, including at Harvard: the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for Academic Excellence in 1998, 2001, and 2003, as well as the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching multiple times starting in 1994. While at the University of Wisconsin she was awarded the University-wide Emil H. Stiger Distinguished Teaching Award for the finest teaching by an Assistant Professor, as well as departmental teaching awards and teaching awards from the McNair Scholars Program and University Housing. In addition to Social Studies 40, she looks forward to teaching a Junior Tutorial on Healthcare in America and to in Social studies 10. 

2014-2015 Courses
Social Studies 98nw: Health Care in America (Fall)
Social Studies 40: Philosophy and Methods of the Social Sciences (Spring)

Contact Information


308 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138