Clay Thomas

Clay Thomas

Graduate Student

About Clay Thomas

Clayton Thomas is PhD candidate in sociology at Indiana University. Clayton is a medical sociologist who studies healthcare organizations and professions. One strand of his research explains the conditions under which hospitals forgive their patients’ medical bills. A second strand of research investigates how power and status influence attitudes, behaviors, and opportunities among workers within the division of medical labor. Ongoing individual and collaborative projects include examinations of mission-driven non-profit hospitals’ provision of free care in response to market forces and external pressures, a palliative care team’s use of emotions to maintain their authority in interactions with skeptical patients, and nurses’ willingness to cross status boundaries to seek help at work. His work has been published in the Journal of Professions and Organization, Journal of Interprofessional Care, Teaching Sociology, and the Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology.
Dissertation Title: “The Power of the Mission: Nonprofit Hospitals’ Provision of Free Care in Response to Market Factors and External Pressures.”
Dissertation Committee: Brea Perry (chair), Fabio Rojas, Art Alderson, and Kosali Simon
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