Ingrid Walker is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her work is motivated by a commitment to understanding the systems that create social inequities in the United States and, particularly, what will change the social systems of law, public health, education, media, etc., that affect us. She is a poly-drug user whose research and activism focus on destigmatizing drugs and the people who use them. Her book, High: Drugs, Desire, and a Nation of Users, addresses the social construction and systemic biases of various drugs, particularly the erasure of pleasure for some users. Her TEDx Talk, “Drugs and Desire,” questions U.S. cultural drug norms about using psychoactive drugs. Her writing has been published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, Contemporary Drug Problems, the Journal of Popular Culture, and the edited volumes The Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Cannabis Research, The Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women: Shifting the Needle, Conspiracy Nation, and other journals and collections. She collaborates with the Drug Policy Alliance to identify issues that go unstudied and to develop research projects that speak to those gaps. She is grateful to live in the Coast Salish Territories of the Pacific Northwest, specifically on the land of the Puyallup people, in the impressive shadow of Mount Tahoma.
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