Political Science

Greg D. Adams (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Michigan Alumni List
President and Principal
Nth-Degree Analytics, LLC, Bozeman, MT

Dr. Adams received his PhD in political science from the University of Iowa and held a post-doctoral position with the Harvard Data Center/Dept. of Government. Prior to leaving for the private sector, Dr. Adams held a faculty appointment at Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Social & Decision Sciences, during which time he was also a Fellow-At-Large with the Santa Fe Institute. His scholarly works include publications in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Chance, and The Political Methodologist.

Discipline: Political Science
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Christopher A. Adolph (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Dr. Adolph received his PhD in political science from Harvard University in 2005. He currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. His research interests in health politics and policy include the role of career trajectories and backgrounds in shaping the organization of health bureaucracies and their policies, the allocation of responsibility and funds for health services across national, state, and local governments, and the organization of health care interest groups, focusing in each case on the American and comparative political contexts. His other scholarly pursuits include comparative political economy and quantitative methodology.

Discipline: Political Science
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Jason Barabas (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Harvard Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Barabas received his PhD is from Northwestern University. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Princeton. In his research, Professor Barabas blends interests in American politics--particularly representation and public opinion--with scholarship on public policy, political psychology, and methodology. A central question motivating him comes from democratic theory: do citizens get what they want from government? Consequently, most of his research emphasizes the public dimension of public policy. Sometimes he focuses on attitudes toward reforms for major programs like Social Security or Medicare. Other times he concentrates on how citizens learn about issues from each other or the mass media. Dr. Barabas studies public opinion with an eye toward what role citizens play in the policy process.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Jeb Barnes (ext. site) J.D., Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Director of Graduate Studies
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Barnes received his PhD from the University of California-Berkeley, a J.D. Law degree from the University of Chicago, Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California-Berkeley. His research generally focuses on the intersection between law, politics, and public policy and appears in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals, including thePolitical Research Quarterly, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Annual Review of Political Science, and Justice Systems Journal.  He has published two books: Overruled? Legislative Overrides, Pluralism, and Contemporary Court-Congress Relations (Stanford 2004) and a co-edited volume, Making Policy, Making Law: An Interbranch Perspective (Georgetown 2004).  He is currently finishing a short book on the recent failure of asbestos litigation reform in Congress, which is entitled Trying to Settle the Dust: Asbestos Litigation Reform and the Politics of Inefficiency in Contemporary American Politics.  His next project (with Thomas F. Burke, another Program alumnus) explores the political implications of relying on litigation versus social insurance programs to address injury compensation issues.  It is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Glenn D. Beamer (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Policy and Public Health, Mayes College
Director, Master of Public Health Program
University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Beamer PhD and MA in political science from the University of Michigan. He received a BA from the College of William & Mary. Before joining University of the Sciences, he served as Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine. He has also served as Assistant Professor of Public Policy at The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Dr. Beamer's teaching focuses on health policy, community health and development, and community-based health research. His research interest includes community health and development, as well as health policy issues related to children. He is currently working on a worker-based model for community development and retirement security, and a comparative evaluation of state-level welfare and health policy reform efforts.

Discipline: Political Science
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Michele T. Berger (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Director, Faculty Fellows Program, Institute for the Arts and Humanities
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Berger received her PhD from the University of Michigan. She also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of City and Regional Planning.  She was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies in 1995 and her PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1998. Her books include Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS (Princeton University Press, 2004) and the co-edited collections Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (Altamira Press, 2003) and The Intersectional Approach:  Transforming the Academy Through Race, Class and Gender (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Workable Sisterhood won a ‘Best Book’ Award from the American Political Science Association and was nominated for a ‘Distinguished Book’ Award from the American Sociological Association.  In 2006, she received an American Association of University Women (AAUW) ‘American Fellow’ award for her new work on African American mother and daughter communication on health and sexuality.

 

Her latest book Transforming Scholarship: Why Women’s and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World (Routledge 2011) definitively answers the question, ‘What can you do with an interest in women’s and gender studies?’ The book argues that not only are women’s and gender studies graduates able to find fulfilling employment, they also comprise an emerging vanguard of knowledge producers in the U.S. and globally, and maintain a strong commitment to gender equality and social justice after graduation.

Dr. Berger and her collaborator Dr. Cheryl Radeloff surveyed over 900 women’s and gender studies graduates (1995-2010) from around the globe about their career paths. This is currently the largest global data set about contemporary women’s and gender studies graduates. Her teaching and research interests include multiracial feminisms, qualitative methods, and HIV/AIDS activism. She served as Vice-President of the National Women’s Studies Association from 2010-2014.

Discipline: Political Science
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Frederick Boehmke (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Dr. Boehmke is Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa and serves as the Director of the Social Science Program at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. He received his PhD in 2000 from the California Institute of Technology. Prof. Boehmke's research focuses on policy adoption and diffusion, organized interests, and Native American politics, with an emphasis on the American states. He also does research and teaches classes on quantitative methodologies. His research has been published in leading journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, The Journals of Politics, and Political Analysis.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Graeme T. Boushey (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

Dr. Boushey received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 2007.  His research focuses on public policy innovation and political decision-making in America. His book Policy Diffusion Dynamics in America (Cambridge University Press, 2010), integrates research from agenda setting and epidemiology to model factors that shape the speed and scope of public policy diffusion. As a Scholar, he explored how American state governments respond to complex health policy threats, initially focusing on state vaccination and tobacco control programs.  He also initiated a related project on rulemaking in state public health agencies.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Jake Bowers (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Dr. Bowers received a B.A. from Yale University and an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of California- Berkeley. Since 2015 he has worked as a Fellow with the Office of Evaluation Sciences, the behavioral insights unit of the U.S. Federal Government. Professor Bowers' research interests include political behavior (especially political participation) and quantitative methodology (especially randomized experiments, observational causal inference strategies and computational statistics).

Discipline: Political Science
		

Thomas F. Burke (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Dr. Burke received both his PhD and MA from the University of California-Berkeley. He received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Minnesota. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and at the University of California-Berkeley, and a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Program.  Dr. Burke’s research focuses on the place of rights and litigation in public policy. His most recent project, with USC Professor (and RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alum) Jeb Barnes, examines the politics of injury compensation in the United States. Another project, also with Barnes, analyzes how organizations respond to social change laws. The first article from this project, “The Diffusion of Rights,” was published in the fall, 2006 issue of Law and Society Review. Other recent publications include: “Political Regimes and the Future of the First Amendment,” in Studies in Law, Politics and Society; "Is There an Empirical Literature on Rights?" forthcoming from that same journal; and "The Bush Administration and the Uses of Judicial Politics," with co-author Nancy Scherer, a chapter in an edited volume on the Bush Presidency. Dr. Burke is the co-author, with Lief Carter, of the updated 9th edition of Reason in Law (2016), and the author of Lawyers, Lawsuits and Legal Rights: The Struggle Over Litigation in American Society (2002).

Discipline: Political Science