Disability (includes: Americans with Disabilities Act, disability insurance, hearing and visual impairments, independent living)

Jeb Barnes 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
		

Thomas F. Burke 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
		

Julie B. Cullen Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Economics
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Dr. Cullen received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan until 2004. Professor Cullen is a public finance economist whose primary research interests are the economics of education, intergovernmental relations, and social insurance programs. Her research has been published in leading journals, such as Econometrica, Journal of Public Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics. She is currently a coeditor at the Journal of Human Resources, an associate editor at the Journal of Public Economics, and serves on several other editorial boards as well as the National Science Foundation Economics Advisory Panel.

Discipline: Economics
		

Brigham R. Frandsen Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Harvard Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Brigham Young University , Provo, UT

Dr. Frandsen received a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. His research focuses on the causal effect of interventions and institutions on the distribution of individual outcomes in health care, education, and labor markets, and on developing the econometric tools to identify and estimate these effects. Some current projects include a study of the political economy of union wage setting and its effect on the distribution of earnings, and the effect of fragmentation in health care on the distribution of patient outcomes.

Discipline: Economics
		

Deborah L. Little J.D., Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Dr. Little receiver her PhD Sociology, University of California Berkeley (2001), her JD Magna Cum Laude, Georgetown University Law Center (1981) and her M.A. Sociology, University of California Berkeley (1989). Her research interests are Carework, disability, social movements. Her latest publications are: "Building a Movement of Caring Selves: Organizing Direct Care Workers." In Mignon Duffy, Amy Armenia, Clare L. Stacey (Eds.). Caring on the Clock: The Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Work. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. (2015), "Sit Home and Collect the Check": Race, Class, and the Social Construction of Disability Identity. In Barnartt, Sharon N. (Eds.). Disability as a Fluid State. (pp. 183-202). Bingley: Emerald Group. (2010), "Teaching toward Praxis and Political Engagement. In David Fasenfest (Eds.). Engaging Social Justice: Critical Studies of 21st Century Social Transformation." Leiden: Brill. (2009) and "From 'Giving Care' to 'Taking Care': Negotiating Care-Work at Welfare's End." In Maurice Hamington and Dorothy C. Miller (Eds.). Socializing Care: Feminist Ethics and Public Issues (Feminist Constructions Series). (pp. 121-141). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. (2007)

Discipline: Sociology
		

Kathleen J. Mullen Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Harvard Alumni List
Senior Economist, Sociology and Statistics Department
Associate Director, Economics,
RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Mullen received her PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. She is also Director, RAND Center for Disability Research and Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her work addresses the economics of retirement, health, and disability, with an emphasis on the incentive effects of social insurance programs such as Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In her research, Dr. Mullen has employed a variety of research designs applying both reduced form and structural econometric methods. She has pursued research on, among other things, the effects of SSDI receipt on labor supply; the effects of long waiting times on the subsequent labor force participation and earnings of rejected SSDI applicants; how changes in eligibility requirements affect SSDI or Social Security claiming; and the effects of changes in Social Security or disability insurance incentives in other countries on labor supply for workers at older ages, and what those findings suggest about potential evaluations of reforms in the United States.

Discipline: Economics
		

Michael L. Schoenbaum Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics
Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications
National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD

Dr. Schoenbaum received his PhD in Economics from University of Michigan. In his current capacity, he directs a unit charged with conducting analyses of mental health burden, service use and costs, and intervention opportunities, in support of Institute decision-making. His responsibilities also include helping to strengthen NIMH's relationships with outside stakeholders, both public and private, to increase the public health impact of NIMH-supported research. Dr. Schoenbaum's research has focused particularly on the costs and benefits of interventions to improve health and health care, evaluated from the perspectives of patients, providers, payers and society. He is currently a scientific principal in NIMH's Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers, a study of risk and protective factors for suicidality in the US Army; and is working on initiatives with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Business Group on Health, and the WHO's World Mental Health Survey Initiative, among others. Prior to joining NIMH, Dr. Schoenbaum spent nine years at the RAND Corporation, where his work included studies of the feasibility and consequences of improving care for common mental disorders, particularly depression; studies of the social epidemiology and economic consequences of chronic illness and disability; design and evaluation of decision-support tools to help consumers make health benefits choices; and international health sector development projects.

 

Discipline: Economics
Research Interests: Health Economics, Labor Economics
		

Margaret Weigers Vitullo Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Michigan Alumni List
Director, Academic and Professional Affairs Program
American Sociological Association, Washington, DC

Dr. Vitullo received her PhD. One of the projects that she is most excited about in my current work is the new ASA Task Force on Community College Faculty, which is charged with working over the next three years to examine the professional role, professional development, and advocacy needs of sociologists employed as community college faculty and to develop recommendations for how the ASA, as the national association for sociology, can best support community college faculty in our discipline.

Research Interests: Criminal Justice