Diseases with Significant Policy Implications - Obesity

Michael L. Anderson Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Anderson received his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006) and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Swarthmore College.  His research interests focus on the areas of health economics, environmental economics, and applied econometrics.  His recent work includes papers on the relationship between fast-food and obesity, the effects of health insurance on utilization of health care, and optimal policies in the context of traffic safety.

Discipline: Economics
		

Katherine Grace Carman Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Harvard Alumni List
Economist
Director of Behavioral Finance Form
RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Carman received her PhD from Stanford University. She is also a Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on behavioral economics, health economics, and public economics. Dr. Carman is particularly interested in how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and decisionmaking processes affect their choices. Currently she is studying health insurance decisions and retirement decisions. She is also interested in the effects of peer behavior and characteristics on individual choices.

Previously, Carman was an Assistant Professor at Tilburg University and affiliated with CentER and Netspar.

Discipline: Economics
		

John Cawley Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Departments of Policy Analysis and Management, and Economics
Co-Director, Institute for Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dr. Cawley received his PhD from the University of Chicago and his AB from Harvard University. John's primary field of research is health economics, with a focus on the economics of obesity. He studies the economic causes of obesity, the economic consequences of obesity, and economic approaches to obesity treatment and prevention.  John was awarded an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research by the RWJF, the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and the Charles C. Shepard Science Award in Prevention and Control by the CDC. John is also a two-time recipient of the Kappa Omicron Nu / Human Ecology Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Advising of students at Cornell. John is an Editor of the Journal of Health Economics, an Associate Editor of Health Economics, and serves on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Health Economics and Economics & Human Biology.  He also serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon).

Discipline: Economics
		

David Frisvold Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Dr. Frisvold received his PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University and his Bachelor of Science in Mathemathical Economics from Wake Forest University. Professor Frisvold’s research interests include health economics and the economics of education. He is interested in understanding whether and how public policies targeted towards children influence their health and education outcomes, and his research specifically focuses on childhood obesity, soft drink taxes, early childhood education, school quality, and food assistance programs.

His research has been published in leading economics and health policy journals including Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs and has been funded by various institutes and organizations including the NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, University of California Davis Center for Poverty Research, and Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin.
 

Discipline: Economics
		

Rogan T. Kersh Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Yale Alumni List
Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics and International Affairs
Provost
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Kersh received his PhD in Political Science from Yale in 1996.  He returned as provost and professor of political science in July 2012.  In this role he oversees the University’s academic mission and programs on the Reynolda Campus, working closely with President Hatch, the academic deans, and faculty and administrative colleagues to support and enhance research, teaching, and graduate and undergraduate programs of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as Wake Forest’s Schools of Business, Divinity and Law.  He also coordinates academic programming with the administration of the School of Medicine.  Prior to arriving at WFU, Kersh was associate dean of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he was professor of public policy.

Dr. Kersh has published two books, on American political history and on health policy, and his Debating American Government (with James Morone) will be published by Oxford University Press. He has published over 50 academic articles, and does frequent media commentary on U.S. politics. He has been a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, a Luce Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 15 years’ teaching at Yale, Syracuse, and NYU he has won four university-wide teaching awards.  Kersh received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1996, and has professional experience in the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and at think tanks in Tokyo and Washington, DC.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Taeku Lee Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Yale Alumni List
Professor of Political Science and Law, Department of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Lee received his PhD from the University of Chicago and his AB and MPP from Harvard University. Lee is also Associate Director of the Haas Institute at Berkeley, Managing Director of Asian American Decisions, and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Asian American Survey. Lee is currently Treasurer and on the Executive Council for the American Political Science Association and serves on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies and the General Social Survey, and on the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Census Bureau.

His book, Mobilizing Public Opinion (2002), received the American Political Science Association’s J. David Greenstone Award and the Southern Political Science Association’s V.O. Key Award. His also co-editor of Transforming Politics, Transforming America (2006) on immigrant political incorporation and co-author of the just-finished Race, Immigration, and (Non)Partisanship in America.  Currently, he is co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States and co-editing a volume for the World Bank titled Voice with Teeth: Public Opinion and Accountability.  Lee is also embarking on two new books: a collection of essays tentatively titled "Race, Identity, Power, and Method", a volume for the Russell Sage Foundation based on the 2008 National Asian American Survey (co-authored with his co-Principal Investigators on that project).  At Berkeley, Lee was previously the Director of the IGS Center on the Politics of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity, chair of the Diversity and Democracy Cluster of the Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative, and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Lee was Assistant Professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He was also previously Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Monique L. Lyle Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Michigan Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Institute for Public Service and Policy Research
Executive Director of the Survey Research Laboratory in the Institute for Public Service and Policy Research
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Dr. Lyle received her PhD in Political Science from Duke University. She has expertise in the areas of public opinion, political psychology, and race in American politics. Her research examines the influence of political elites on attitudes about marginalized groups, as well as the interface between politics and health attitudes and behaviors (especially in the areas of mental health and obesity). Dr. Lyle is also a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research (University of Michigan, 2008-2010). Some of her research publications appear in the Journal of Politics, Du Bois Review, Politics, Groups, & Identities, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Hans C. Noel Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Government
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Dr. Noel received his PhD in Political Science from UCLA in 2006 and is currently on leave from the Department of Government at Georgetown University, where he is an assistant professor. Dr. Noel's research focuses on political parties and ideology. He is the co-author of The Party Decides: Political Parties and Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. His dissertation, "The Coalition Merchants: How Ideologues Shape Parties in American Politics" argues that ideological divisions precede and influence the coalitions that politicians form in partisan conflict. While in the Program, Dr. Noel's research explored the ideological divisions over a variety of health policies, including national health care, temperance and the prohibition of alcohol, the war on drugs, the regulation of tobacco, and the regulations to fight obesity.

Discipline: Political Science
		

J. Eric Oliver Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Yale Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Dr. Oliver is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His interests include contemporary American politics, suburban and racial politics, political psychology, and the politics of science. His books include Democracy in Suburbia, Fat Politics: the Real Story Behind America's Obesity Epidemic, The Paradoxes of Integration, and Local Elections and the Politics of Small Scale Democracy. He has also authored articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, International Journal of Epidemiology, and Urban Affairs Review on topics ranging from absentee voting to happiness in suburbs. He has been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and received a Young Investigators Career Award from the National Science Foundation. He is currently working on research about the evolutionary origins of contemporary political cognition.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Dr. Whitmore Schanzenbach received her PhD in Econmics from Princeton. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her primary areas of research are education policy, childhood obesity and food consumption. Her research has been published in leading journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. She is also a research consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She studies policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty, including education, health, and income support policies. Her recent work has focused on tracing the impact of major public policies such as the Food Stamp Program and early childhood education on children’s long-term outcomes. Her recent paper with Susan Dynarski and Joshua Hyman on the impact of small classes in the early grades on college enrollment and completion won the Raymond Vernon Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management in 2013.

Discipline: Economics