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Jonathan Metzl


Professor at Vanderbilt University, & author of several books, including Dying of Whiteness.

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Jonathan Metzl: Speech Topics


① How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland


In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But as Dying of Whiteness shows, the policies that result actually place white Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death.

Physician Jonathan M. Metzl's quest to understand the health implications of "backlash governance" leads him across America's heartland. Interviewing a range of everyday Americans, he examines how racial resentment has fueled progun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. And he shows these policies' costs: increasing deaths by gun suicide, falling life expectancies, and rising dropout rates. White Americans, Metzl argues, must reject the racial hierarchies that promise to aid them but in fact lead our nation to demise.


Jonathan Metzl: Books


Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland

A physician reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences -- even for the white voters they promise to help … ➡︎
The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease

A powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness … ➡︎
Prozac on the Couch: Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonder Drugs

In Prozac on the Couch, psychiatrist Jonathan Michel Metzl boldly challenges recent psychiatric history, showing that there’s a lot of Dr. Freud encapsulated in late-twentieth-century psychotropic medications … ➡︎
Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality

Against Health argues that health is a concept, a norm, and a set of bodily practices whose ideological work is often rendered invisible by the assumption that it is a monolithic, universal good … ➡︎

Jonathan Metzl: Bio


Jonathan Metzl is a Professor and Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, a Psychiatrist, and the Research Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization that is concerned with gun-related injuries and fatalities in America and in Tennessee. He is the author of the new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland.

Being a gun violence expert, a professor, and a psychiatrist is a unique combination that allows Jonathan to speak and write about gun violence in America, and in particular to address stereotypes that link guns with race or mental illness, or that blame mental illness for mass shootings and other gun crimes. He's been honored to address these issues in my writings as well as in the media, including frequent appearances on MSNBC’s MHP Show and in talks around the country and around the world.

Jonathan's focus on stereotypes of race and mental illness surrounding gun violence emerged from some of his earlier media appearances, where he found himself answering the same question again and again: Is mental illness the root cause of gun crime in the U.S.? The answer: Certainly, mental health histories are important for mass shooters, but on an aggregate level, gun violence is statistically unrelated to mental illness, and persons diagnosed with mental illness are far more frequently the victims than the perpetrators of gun crime.

Jonathan cares deeply about reducing gun violence and eliminating the stigma of mental illness. It is his hope that this work will contribute to efforts for well-intentioned people on all sides of the gun debate to push for reasonable middle ground, common sense solutions that lessen rates of injury and death, while at the same time respecting the Second Amendment.

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JONATHAN METZL


Professor at Vanderbilt University, & author of several books, including Dying of Whiteness.

SPEECH TOPICS

① How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland

In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But as Dying of Whiteness shows, the policies that result actually place white Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death.

Physician Jonathan M. Metzl's quest to understand the health implications of "backlash governance" leads him across America's heartland. Interviewing a range of everyday Americans, he examines how racial resentment has fueled progun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. And he shows these policies' costs: increasing deaths by gun suicide, falling life expectancies, and rising dropout rates. White Americans, Metzl argues, must reject the racial hierarchies that promise to aid them but in fact lead our nation to demise.
BOOKS




BIO


Jonathan Metzl is a Professor and Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, a Psychiatrist, and the Research Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization that is concerned with gun-related injuries and fatalities in America and in Tennessee. He is the author of the new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland.

Being a gun violence expert, a professor, and a psychiatrist is a unique combination that allows Jonathan to speak and write about gun violence in America, and in particular to address stereotypes that link guns with race or mental illness, or that blame mental illness for mass shootings and other gun crimes. He's been honored to address these issues in my writings as well as in the media, including frequent appearances on MSNBC’s MHP Show and in talks around the country and around the world.

Jonathan's focus on stereotypes of race and mental illness surrounding gun violence emerged from some of his earlier media appearances, where he found himself answering the same question again and again: Is mental illness the root cause of gun crime in the U.S.? The answer: Certainly, mental health histories are important for mass shooters, but on an aggregate level, gun violence is statistically unrelated to mental illness, and persons diagnosed with mental illness are far more frequently the victims than the perpetrators of gun crime.

Jonathan cares deeply about reducing gun violence and eliminating the stigma of mental illness. It is his hope that this work will contribute to efforts for well-intentioned people on all sides of the gun debate to push for reasonable middle ground, common sense solutions that lessen rates of injury and death, while at the same time respecting the Second Amendment.

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