BiographyIn addition to co-authoring The Medicalization of Marijuana: Legitimacy, Stigma, and the Patient Experience with his wife, Michelle Newhart, Ph.D., William has been a professional writer and editor for more than 30 years, specializing in technical communications, public policy, finance and economics, with forays into marketing communications for the bicycle industry and UC Berkeley.
Following media relations work on the landmark federal trial of cannabis author Ed Rosenthal (where he and Michelle met), William has for 16 years contributed to the education efforts of Americans for Safe Access, including the organization’s condition-based pamphlets, policy white papers, training materials, and monthly activist newsletter.
William has taught college writing since 1994 using an innovative, task-based collaborative approach he developed at San Francisco State University. He has presented on pedagogy at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Seven Hills Conference on Composition, and published a book chapter on his technique, "Taking Students to Task: Grading as a Collaborative Engine" in Grading in the Post-Process Classroom, eds. Libby Allison, Lizbeth Bryant, and Maureen M Hourigan (Boynton/Cook-Heinemann).
After growing up in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, William attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Northern Colorado before receiving a B.A. in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and an M.A. from San Francisco State University.
A competitive cyclist for as long as he's been a professional writer, William keeps Michelle company on her bicycle commute to Mt. San Antonio College. They live with two dogs and two young sons at the edge of the Angeles National Forest in Southern California.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Cannabis law, policy, history, and medical research
U.S. drug policy
Addiction and recovery
Rhetoric and communications
Teaching college writing (composition)
Graduate research writing
Social science research methods
By: William Dolphin
Subjects: Sociology, Sociology & Social Policy, Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice
William Dolphin and Michelle Newhart presented their findings on how stereotype and stigma affect medical cannabis patients to an audience of doctors and nurses on October 15 at the annual Marijuana for Medical Professionals conference in Denver, Colorado. Drawing from their book, The Medicalization of Marijuana: Legitiamcy, Stigma, and the Patient Experience, Newhart and Dolphin applied the three-part model of doctor-patient interactions within medicalization articulated by Broom and Woodward to the medical cannabis recommendation process. The presentation emphasized how incomplete medicalization of cannabis exacerbates stereotype threat, which can lead to patients witholding information about medical cannabis use from their primary care physicians.
Video of the presentation will be available soon.
By: William Dolphin
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology & Social Policy, Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice
William Dolphin and Michelle Newhart discussed their book The Medicalization of Marijuana with Dean Becker on Pacifica Radio's "Cultural Baggage" program on October 18, 2018. The 30-minute interview covered challenges faced by patients using medical cannabis including how stereotype and stigma affect doctor-patient interactions. You can here it by clicking the link.