Federal Health Care Policy and Politics

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
		

Graeme T. Boushey 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
		

Kevin M. Esterling Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy
Associate Dean of the Graduate Division
University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA

Dr. Esterling received his PhD from University of Chicago. His research focuses on deliberative democracy in American national politics. His current work identifies the conditions that lead citizens to engage constructively in public discourse. He is the author of The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2004). He has published in a number of journals, including The American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Rationality and Society, Political Communication, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the MacArthur Foundation. Esterling was a postdoctoral research fellow at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Cybelle Fox Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Fox received her PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Economics from University of California, San Diego. Her main research interests are in race, immigration and the American welfare state. Most recently, she is the author of Three Worlds of Relief (Princeton University Press, 2012), which compares the incorporation of blacks, Mexicans, and European immigrants in the American welfare system from the Progressive Era to the New Deal.  Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Behavioral Scientist, Sociology of Education, Political Science Quarterly, and Sociological Methods and Research. She is also co-author of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings (Basic Books, 2004).

Discipline: Sociology
		

Drew T. Halfmann Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

Dr. Halfmann received both his PhD and MA in Sociology from New York University in 2001, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. His research focuses on social movements and the politics of health and social policy.  Professor Halfmann is the author of Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain and Canada (University of Chicago Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Charles Tilly Best Book Award from the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements of the American Sociological Association. His research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Mobilization, HEALTH, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Policy History.  His current research is on the African-American struggle for health equality from Reconstruction to Obamacare.  He is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and co-director of its Bay Area Regional Network. 

Discipline: Sociology
		

Hahrie C. Han Ph.D.

Cohort 16 — Harvard Alumni List
Anton Vonk Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science
University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Dr, Han received her PhD in Political Science from Stanford University in 2005. From 2005-2015, she was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. She specializes in the politics of environmental and social policy, focusing particularly on the role that civic associations play in mobilizing participation in politics and policy advocacy. Her recently published book, How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press 2014) examines the strategies that the most effective civic associations use to engage activists and develop civic leaders in health and environmental politics. Another book, Groundbreakers: How Obama's 2.1 Million Activists Transformed Field Campaigns in America (co-authored with Elizabeth McKenna, Oxford Univ. Press 2014) describes the strategies the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaign used to engage so many grassroots activists in communities across America. Her first book, Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2009) examined the ways in which people become motivated to participate in politics, looking particularly at means of engaging underprivileged populations in political action. The book was the subject of a series of “Critical Dialogues” in Perspectives on Politics, an Author-Meets-Critics panel at the Southern Political Science Association, and positive reviews elsewhere.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Bradley J. Herring Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Yale Alumni List
Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Deputy Chair of Academic Affairs
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Herring received his PhD from University of Pennyslvania in 2002. His research focuses on a number of economic and public policy issues related to health insurance coverage. He has published articles in the Journal of Health Economics and New England Journal of Medicine, and is co-author of the book Pooling Health Insurance Risks. His research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, OECD, HHS ASPE, and AHRQ. For instance, his research has examined the availability of charity care to the uninsured, the individual health insurance market, Medicaid managed care, and insurer and hospital market concentration. More recently, he is examining the effect of health insurance coverage on health outcomes, the effect of rising health insurance premiums on worker wages, and the effect of the 2010 Affordable Care Act on employment-based insurance. Dr. Herring served for a year with the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers and recently served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Health Insurance Plan.

Discipline: Economics
		

Catherine Lee Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Lee received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She examines how meanings of race and ethnicity shape social relations and inequalities across three critical sites: immigration; science and medicine; and law and society. Catherine is the author of Fictive Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration (2013, Russell Sage) and co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (2012, Rutgers University Press). Her current projects include an investigation of racial disparities in pain management and the politics of narcotics control and a study of how social institutions are addressing ideas of racial ambiguity or uncertainty tied to shifting demographics and rise of multi-raciality.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Lauren M. MacLean Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Arthur F. Bentley Chair in the Department of Political Science
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Dr. MacLean received her PhD and MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are comparative political economy and public policy, with a focus on the politics of state formation, public service provision, and citizenship in Africa and the U.S.

In her first book, Informal Institutions and Citizenship in Rural Africa: Risk and Reciprocity in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire (Cambridge University Press, 2010; winner of the APSA 2011 Sartori Book Award; finalist for the ASA Herskovits Award), Dr. MacLean theorizes that divergent histories of state formation help explain variation in informal institutions and everyday practices of citizenship in two similar cross-border regions of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. With Melani Cammett (Harvard University), Dr. MacLean theorizes the origins, dynamics and consequences of non-state provision in the Global South in a special issue of Studies of Comparative and International Development as well as an edited volume, The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare (Cornell University Press, 2014). Dr. MacLean has also conducted fieldwork for a project on the politics of tribal consultation analyzing participatory health policymaking across the 34 states with federally-recognized tribes in the U.S.

Most recently, Dr. MacLean is investigating the politics of public service provision in the electricity sector in Africa. She was selected as a 2017 Carnegie Fellow to investigate how electricity provision may promote democracy and environmental sustainability in Ghana. She is also collaborating with Jennifer Brass (IU-SPEA), Christopher Gore (Ryerson University, Canada) and Elizabeth Baldwin (University of Arizona) on a comparative project analyzing the politics of electricity provision in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda. Dr. MacLean has also published articles in a range of journals including Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Environmental and Resource Economics, the International Journal of Public Administration, the Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Modern African Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, and World Development.

Dr. MacLean is also known nationally and internationally for her work on the topic of field research methodology. She has co-authored a book, Field Research in Political Science (Cambridge University Press, 2015), with Diana Kapiszewski and Ben Read.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Susan Moffitt Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Department of Political Science
Brown University, Providence, RI

Dr. Moffat received her PhD and MPP from the University of Michigan. She conducts research on American political institutions and public policy, with particular emphasis on developing the capacity to implement policy in the fields of public education and public health.  Her second book, Making Policy Public: Participatory Bureaucracy in American Democracy, was published by Cambridge University Press in the Fall of 2014.  Her first book, The Ordeal of Equality, coauthored with David K. Cohen, was published by Harvard University Press in 2009. Some of her other scholarship has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, the American Journal of Education, and numerous edited volumes.

Discipline: Political Science