Jonathan M. Metzl

Key Publications (Full List)


Metzl JM, Pettis P, McKay T, Piemonte J. Towards a Structural Competency Framework for Addressing US Gun Violence. In Halliwell and Jones, eds, The Edinburgh Companion to the Politics of American Health. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022: 493-510.

Metzl JM. Suicide, and Dying, of Whiteness. In Hitching, R.(Ed.) (2022). Gun Violence in America. New York. Available at


Metzl JM, McKay T, Piemonte J. Structural competency and the future of firearm research. Social Science & Medicine. 2021 Volume 277, 113879, ISSN 0277-9536,

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Metzl JM. Contradictory Choices: When key political issues are linked with long-held identities, it is hard not to respond emotionally. RSA Journal, Aug 2019.


Metzl JM. Social Science and the Future of Gun Research. SSRC Items Series, November, 2018

Metzl, JM. “Repeal the Dickey Amendment to Address Polarization Surrounding Firearms in the United States.” American Journal of Public Health108 (7): 864-65, July 2018.

Podcast: ‘AJPH July 2018: Gun Violence: What Researchers and Gun Owners Can Do,”

Metzl, JM, Hansen H. Structural Competency and Psychiatry. JAMA Psychiatry 2018 Feb 1;75(2):115-116.

Metzl, JM, Petty JP, Olowojobab, OV. Using a structural competency framework to teach structural racism in pre-health education. Social Science and Medicine.Volume 199, February 2018, Pages 189-201.

Unique premed program teaches new approach to race and health.


Petty JP, Metzl JM, Keys M. Developing and Evaluating an Innovative Structural Competency Curriculum for Pre-Health Students. Journal of Medical Humanities,(2017) 38: 459, doi:10.1007/s10912-017-9449-1.

Donald, Cameron A. MS; DasGupta, Sayantani MD, MPH; Metzl, Jonathan M. MD, PhD; Eckstrand, Kristen L. MD, PhD. Queer Frontiers in Medicine: A Structural Competency Approach. Academic Medicine 92(3):345-350, March 2017.

Hansen, H, Metzl, JM. New Medicine for the U.S. Health Care System: Training Physicians for Structural Interventions. Academic Medicine 92(3):279-281, March 2017.

Metzl JM, Petty JP. Integrating Structural Competency Into an Innovative Pre-Health Curriculum at Vanderbilt University. Academic Medicine 92(3):354-359, March 2017.


Metzl, JM, McLelland, S, Bergner E. Conflations of Marital Status and Sanity: Implicit Heterosexist Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis in Physician-Dictated Charts at a Midwestern Medical Center. Yale J Biol Med.2016 Jun;89(2): 247–254.

Metzl, JM. “Living and Dying in Mental Health: Guns, Race, and the Politics of Schizophrenic Violence.” In Clara Han and Veena Das, eds., Anthropology of Living and Dying in the Contemporary World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press [2016].

Hansen H, Metzl JM. Structural Competency in the U.S. Healthcare Crisis: Putting Social and Policy Interventions Into Clinical Practice. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 2016 (5): 1-5.

Andrews L, Metzl JM. “Reading the image of race: Neurocriminology, medical imaging technologies, and literary intervention.” In,Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016: 242-259.

Metzl, JM. “Well-Being and Being Safe: Do Guns Change Social Interactions?,” In, Harward, D, ed, Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education’s Greater Purposes AAC&U Press, 2016:

Metzl, JM. “Race and Mental Health.” In Tess Jones and Delise Wear, eds, Health Humanities Reader. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015, 261-67.

Metzl JM. Metzl Responds, Seasonal Influence on Mass Shootings. Am J Public Health: May 2016, Vol. 106, No. 5, pp. 15-17.


Metzl JM, MacLeish, KT. Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms.Am J Public Health.2015;105(2):240-249.

Metzl JM. Gun Violence, Stigma, and Mental Illness: Clinical Implications. Psychiatric Times, special issue on Trauma and Violence. 2015, XXXII (3): 54-57.

Metzl JM. “Mental Illness, Gun Violence, and (Misguided) Policy Interventions.” Policy People 2015, 23 (10).


Metzl, JM and Hansen, HH. “Structural Competency: theorizing a new medical engagement with stigma and inequality.” Social Science & Medicine 2014, 103: 126-133.

Cited by the World Health Organization.

Metzl, JM and Roberts, D. “Structural Competency Meets Structural Racism: Race, Politics, and the Structure of Medical Knowledge.” American Medical Association Journal of Ethics 2014, 16(9): 674-90.

Metzl, JM. “Controllin’ the Planet: the Autobiographical Schizophrenia of Hip Hop.” Transition: Publication of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University 2014, 115: 23-33.

Metzl, JM and MacLeish, K. “Triggering the Debate: Faulty Associations Between Violence and Mental Illness Underlie U.S. Gun Control Efforts.” Risk and Regulation 2013, 25: 8-10.

Metzl, JM. “Structural Health, and the Politics of African American Masculinity.” American Journal of Men’s Health 2013, 7(4): 69-72.


Metzl, JM and Franklin, J. “Race, Civil Rights, and Psychiatry.” Atrium 2012 (9): 12-16.

Metzl, JM. “Mental Illness in Popular Culture.” In Laurence Rubin, ed., Mental Illness in Popular Media: Essays on the Representation of Disorders (London: Mcfarland, 2012): 1-5.

Metzl, JM. “Mainstream Anxieties about Race in Antipsychotic Drug Ads.” American Medical Association Journal of Ethics 2012, 14 (6):494-502.

Metzl, JM.. “Structural Competency.” American Quarterly 2012, 64 (2): 213-18.


Metzl, JM. “Gender Stereotypes in the Diagnosis of Depression: A Systematic Content Analysis of Medical Records.” In Janice Jenkins, ed., Globalization of Pharmaceuticals 2011 (Santa Fe: School of Advanced Research Press).

Metzl, JM. “Should the Mentally Ill Bear Arms?: Mental Illness Stigma in the Aftermath of Tucson.” Lancet 2011; 377: 2172-73.

Griffith, DM,Metzl, JM and Gunter, K. “Considering Intersections of Race and Gender in Interventions That Address U.S. Men’s Health Disparities.” Public Health. 2011;125(7):417-23.

Metzl, JM. “Taking Pleasure in Drugs.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. (2011) 17(2-3): 435-437.


Metzl, JM.“Le Prozac et la Narration Sexuée de L’espoir,” In, A. Leibing et Virginie Tournay (dir.), Technologies de L’espoir. Les débats publics autour de l’innovation médicale – un objet anthropologique à définir(Presses Universitaires de Laval, collection “Société, cultures et santé, 2010).

Metzl, JM. “The Humanities Do Not Soften Hard Science: Biocultures and the Medical Humanities,” PMLA 2009;24(3): 951-953.

Metzl, JM, and Herzig, R. “Medicalization in the 21stCentury.” Lancet2007; 369: 697-98.

Metzl, JM. “If DTC Ads Come to Europe: Lessons from the American Marketplace.” Lancet 2007; 369: 704-06.

Metzl, JM, and Howell, JD. “GREAT MOMENTS: Authenticity, Ideology, and the Telling of Medical ‘History.’” Literature and Medicine 2006;25(2):502–521.

Metzl, JM, Angel, J. “Assessing the Impact of SSRI Antidepressants on Popular Notions of Women’s Depressive Illness.” Social Science and Medicine 2004; 58(3): 577-584.

Metzl, JM. “Voyeur Nation? Changing Definitions of Voyeurism, 1950-2004.” Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2004; 12(2): 127-31.

Metzl, JM: “The Pharmaceutical Gaze: Psychiatry, Scopophilia, and Psychotropic Medication Advertising, 1964-1985” in Friedman, ed., Cultural Sutures: Medicine and the Media, 2004 Durham: Duke University Press: 15-36.

Metzl, JM, and Poirier,S. “Multiculturalism in Medicine.” Literature and Medicine 2004; 23(1): 6-12.

Metzl, JM. “From Scopophilia to ‘Survivor’: A Brief History of Voyeurism, 1950-2004.” Textual Practice 2004; 18(3): 415-34.

Metzl, JM, and Howell, JD. “Making History: Lessons from the Great Moments Series of Pharmaceutical Advertisements.” Academic Medicine 2004; 79(11): 1027-32.

Metzl, JM. “Selling Sanity Through Gender: Psychiatry and the Dynamics of Pharmaceutical Advertising,” Journal of Medical Humanities 2003;24 (1): 79-103.

Gardiner, P and Metzl, JM. “The Cultural Studies Of Psychiatry: An Introduction,” Journal of Medical Humanities 2003;24 (1): 1-9.

Metzl, JM and Howel, JD. “Depression and Art: Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia, I,” Academic Medicine 2003; 78 (4): 383-84.

Metzl, JM and Riba, M. “Understanding the Symbolic Values of Psychotropic Medications,” Primary Psychiatry, 2003 10 (7).

Metzl, JM.“Making ‘Mother’s Little Helper’: The Crisis of Psychoanalysis and the Miltown Resolution, 1954-1959,” Gender and History 2003; 15 (3): 228-55.

Metzl, JM.“Author Exchange: Gender and Nation in Post-war Visual Culture,” Gender and History 2003; 15 (3): 256-62.

Metzl, JM. “Understanding Psychotropic Medications as Literary Symbols.” Virtual Mentor: Ethics Journal of the American Medical Association 2003; 5 (10)

Metzl, JM: “Prozac, and the Pharmacokinetics of Narrative Form,” SIGNS: The Journal of Women, Culture, and Society 2002; 27 (2): 347-380.

Metzl, JM. “Introspections: Angela,” American Journal of Psychiatry 2002 159: 1665-1666.

Metzl, JM “Signifying Medications in Thom Jones’ ‘Superman, My Son,’” in Hudson-Jones, ed., MLATeaching Literature and Medicine, Modern Language Association: New York, 2000: 338-43.

Reprinted in Karr, ed., Short Story Criticism(56). Detroit: Gale, 2003.

Metzl, JM. “Love and Loss in Mann’s Death in Venice,”

Academic Medicine. 1998; 73(4):412-413.

Metzl, JM. “Psychotherapy, Managed Care, and the Economy of Interaction,”American Journal of Psychotherapy 1998; 52(3):332-351.

Metzl, JM and Riba M. “Psychiatry and the Humanities in the Age of Prozac,”Journal of Practical Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, 1998; 4:208-219.

Metzl, JM. “Trauma, Listening, and ‘A Way You’ll Never Be,’”Medical Humanities Review 1997; 11(1): 22-38.

Metzl, JM. “Managed Mental Health: An Oxymoron of Ethics?” The Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry 1996; 13(1): 40-47.

BOOK CHAPTERS (selected):

Metzl JM. “China’s Ill-Considered Response to the H1N1 Flu.” In Marsha Meeks, ed., At Issue: The H1N1 Flu 2011 Gale: Dallas.

McClelland, S and Metzl, JM. “Male Power and Potency.” In Michael Flood and Kegan Gardiner, J, eds, Routledge International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities2007 Rutgers: New Brunswick.

Metzl, JM: “Medication and the Therapeutic Alliance,” in Tasman and Riba, ed., The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Pharmacotherapy. 2000 New York: Guilford.