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Daniel Skinner, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Health Policy

Dept of Social Medicine

Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

6775 Bobcat Way

Dublin, Ohio 43016



Daniel Skinner, Ph.D

My scholarly interests include health care politics and policy; the politics of medicine and disease; the history of political thought; and feminist theory. Currently, I am completing a book manuscript, entitled The Politics of Medical Necessity. With a target date for completion in 2015, the manuscript marshals a range of theoretical resources—from political theory to legal proceedings to readings of HMO policy guides—to analyze the role that the concept of “medical necessity” plays in shaping medical priorities and clinical decision-making. In taking an historically-informed and analytically-expansive view, the book considers how political inheritances—such as classical liberalism’s embrace of markets, the biopolitical implications of enlightenment thinking about the body, and a certain and narrow view of "the medical"—have prefigured contemporary health care debates, particularly concerning the utilization of often-scarce resources. Through a critical examination of Americans’ most basic assumptions about patients' needs, my research enables theorists, policy makers, and political advocates to rethink the role that medical necessity plays in American health care. It also shows the stakes—medically, ethically, and politically—of not doing so.

I am also in the process of developing a series of papers, leading to a book manuscript, that explore various ideological dynamics at work in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and subsequent debates, including the bill's intersection with idigenous politics and feminist readings of the ACA; the politics of "the founders" in ACA debates; the status of pediatric delivery systems and quality measurements after health care reform; and the ACA's cultural competency provisions, particularly as concerns LGBT care and access issues concerning non-English speakers.

Among my most recent publications are "Defining Medical Necessity Under the Affordable Care Act," Public Administration Review (2013); “Unsought Responsibility: The Politics of Passive Writing in Constitutional Law,” co-authored with Steven Pludwin, Polity (2013); "Eminent Domain and the Rhetorical Construction of Sovereign Necessity," co-authored with Leonard Feldman, Law, Culture, and the Humanities (2012); and "The Politics of Medical Necessity in American Abortion Debates," Politics & Gender 8: 1-24 (2012). (View Abstracts). For more details and to read articles, see my page.

For conference presentation information and abstracts, click the research tab above.

I am excited to have established a faculty affiliation with OU's Women's and Gender Studies Program, and to have joined the Ohio Humanities Council's Speakers Bureau. See my page on the the OHC web site for details on the latter.