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Lindy S. Hern, PhD

Contributor, Board Member

The Hopbrook Institute

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Lindy Hern is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo where she teaches courses in Sociology, as well as Women’s and Gender Studies, on social statistics, social research methods, gender, culture, health care policy, politics, and social movements. She is currently studying the Movement for Health Care Reform, specifically the Movement for Single Payer, and the transformation of health care policy in Hawai’i after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She has also conducted research on the women’s flat-track roller derby movement, transfer student retention at a public university, and community responses to natural disasters in Hawai’i. Lindy is involved in many professional organizations – highlights include being the future Vice President (2018/2019) of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology and past Vice President (2017/2018) of the Hawai’i Sociological Association. Lindy is also actively involved in scholar-activism, primarily in her role as a board member of Health Care NOW, to which she was elected in 2009.



Research Interests:

  • Social movements

  • Health care policy

  • The single payer movement

  • Gender 

  • Applied Sociology

  • Community responses to natural disasters


  • PhD, MA, Sociology, University of Missouri, Columbia 

  • BA, Sociology, Central Methodist University

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