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About Natalie C. Boero

Natalie Boero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at San Jose State University. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006 and A BA in Sociology from Linfield College in 1996. Her first book, Killer Fat: Media, Medicine and Morals in the American Obesity Epidemic was published in August 2012 by Rutgers University Press.
In Killer Fat, Dr. Boero examines how and why obesity emerged as a major public health concern and national obsession in recent years. Using primary sources and in-depth interviews, Boero enters the world of bariatric surgeries, Weight Watchers, and Overeaters Anonymous to show how common expectations of what bodies are supposed to look like help to determine what sorts of interventions and policies are considered urgent in containing this new kind of disease.
Dr. Boero is also is the author of Bypassing Blame: Bariatric Surgery and the Case of Biomedical Failure" in Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health, and Illness in U.S. Biomedicine and "Fat Kids, Working Moms, and the 'Epidemic of Obesity': Race, Class, and Mother-Blame," in The Fat Studies Reader and along with Dr. CJ Pascoe recently published "Pro-anorexia Communities and Online Interaction: Bringing the Pro-ana Body Online" in the journal, Body & Society.


Present Professor, San Jose State University Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Curriculum Vitae



2011 Research Foundation Grant
California State University College of Social Sciences
2009 Research Foundation Grant
California State University College of Social Sciences
2009 Summer Grant
California State University Research Funds
2009 Travel Grant
California State University College of Social Sciences
2005 University Block Grant
University of California, Berkeley
2004 University Block Grant
University of California, Berkeley
2000 University Block Grant
University of California Berkeley
1997 University Block Grant
University of California, Berkeley
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2011 - 2013 Editorial Board Member, Fat Studies
2011 Manuscript Reviewer, Feminism and Psychology
2011 Manuscript Reviewer, Sociology of Health and Illness
2010 Member, NAAFA scholarship committee
2010 Featured Interviewee, SJSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communications
2010 Manuscript reviewer, Sociological Forum
2008 Manuscript Reviewer, Allyn and Bacon Publishers
2008 Featured Interviewee, California Monthly Magazine
2006 - 2008 Collaborator, Digital Youth Project
2007 Manuscript Reviewer, Qualitative Sociology
2007 Manuscript Reviewer, Sociological Forum
2004 Featured Interviewee, California Monthly Magazine
2004 Featured Interviewee,
2000 Invited contribution, John Hopkins University Press
2000 Panel Organizer and Presider, Pacific Sociological Association meetings
1997 - 1998 Editorial Board, Berkeley Journal of Sociology
Member, American Sociological Association
Member, Pacific Sociological Association
Member, Size Acceptance Think Tank of the San Francisco Bay Area
Member, Sociologists for Women in Society
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Honors and Awards

  • 2011 The Silicon Valley Center for Global Innovation and Immigration grant for “Documenting Health Capital: Exploring Health Seeking Practices among Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley.” (.4 release time)
  • 2009 California State University University Grant for Faculty Initiatives to Support Student Success (.2 release time)
  • 2008 Junior Faculty Career Development Award, San Jose State University (.2 release time)
  • 2003 Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship: UC Berkeley. (1 year award)
  • 2002 Center for Working Families Graduate Student Research Stipend
  • 2001 Herbert Blumer Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, (1 year award)
  • 2000 Gertrude Jaeger Prize for best paper written by a female graduate student, UC Berkeley: Department of Sociology
  • 2000 Outstanding Gradate Student Instructor Award: UC Berkeley
  • 1996 American Association of University Women, Outstanding Senior Woman
  • 1996 Howd Sociology Prize: Linfield College 1996
  • 1996 Graduation with Departmental Honors: Linfield College


2006 Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley
2000 M.A., University of California - Berkeley ‐ Sociology
1996 B.A., Linfield University ‐ Sociology

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Books (2)

Articles (9)

SJSU Author & Artist Celebration (1)

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Presentations (26)