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Lillian Walkover, PhD, Postdoc Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Drexel University

Lillian Walkover, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Health
Department of Sociology
Office: 3201 Arch Street, Suite 240
Phone: 215.895.2294


  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), 2018
  • BA, Science in Society Program and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Wesleyan University, 2007

Research Interests:

  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Critical global health studies
  • Science and technology studies
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Qualitative social science methods


Lillian Walkover received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 2018. A sociologist of global health with an interdisciplinary orientation, she has experience conducting qualitative global health research in the US and abroad. She focuses on the production, valuation and movement of health knowledges, both globally and in the US.

Her doctoral work focused on how health knowledges are produced and travel through an analysis of the translation and adaptation of "Where There Is No Doctor," the most widely used health manual in the world. This project explored translations and adaptations in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and English for use in India, and the analysis sits at the intersection of sociology of health and illness, critical global health, and postcolonial science and technology studies.

In addition, she works with the Structural Competency Working Group to use structural competency and other social science frameworks for health professions education. Her postdoctoral research at Drexel University with Susan Bell, PhD, is a study of the experiences and career paths of physicians who enter the US as refugees.

Selected Publications:

  • Walkover, Lily. 2016. “When Good Works Count” Pp. 163-177 in Metrics: What Counts in Global Health, edited by V. Adams. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.