Arrianna Planey


  • M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago
  • B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley

I am a human geographer whose research falls within health and medical geography. My dissertation work examines healthcare service access, utilization, and outcomes among people with disabilities in the U.S. with emphasis on hearing healthcare (Audiologists). In other words, my work concerns the political economy of healthcare systems and its effects at multiple scales- from the state level to the space of the clinic. My methods include spatial analysis, statistical methods, and qualitative methods. 

Having completed a year in a clinical Audiology (AuD) program, I have a strong sense of the epistemological grounding of clinicians in the field. Moreover, as a deaf person, I draw from my own experience with accessing treatment for hearing loss. Ultimately, I aim to make a case for health policy that treats our bodies as an integrated whole, rather than a sum of differentially valued parts.

As a health geographer, I am concerned with questions of health disparities and outcomes in space. Overall, my interests center on the overlap between (legally, historically, socially) constructed spaces, resource allocation, bodies on the move, and their well-being as members of communities.

My work is generously supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) program.