Federal Health Care Policy and Politics - Congress and federal laws

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
		

Boris Shor Ph.D.

Cohort 18 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Houston, Houston, TX

Dr. Shor holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University is an assistant professor in the Department of  Political Science at the University of Houston. His research focuses on ideology and political parties in American legislatures. One project focused on how well state legislatures and congressional delegations represent the ideological preferences of citizens at the micro and macro levels. He also studied the roots of political polarization at the state level, as well as its policy consequences. He is interested in explaining the voting behavior of individual state legislators in health policy, and collectively, the vastly different choice states make.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Craig M. Volden Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Policy and Politics
Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Dr. Volden received both his PhD (Economics) and BA (Political Science) from Stanford University. His current projects include studies of innovation and policy diffusion across states and localities, and an analysis of the legislative effectiveness of individual members of Congress. He is Co-director of the Legislative Effectiveness Project (thelawmakers.org). Before joining the Batten School, Professor Volden taught at the Ohio State University, the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and Claremont Graduate University. His most recent book, Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers (winner of the 2015 Fenno Prize and the 2015 Gladys M. Kammerer Award), co-authored with Alan Wiseman, explores the effectiveness of individual members of Congress in overcoming policy gridlock. His most prominent work on issues of federalism focuses on why some policies diffuse across states and localities while others do not. He has published numerous articles in such journals as: American Political Science Review; American Journal of Political Science; Journal of Politics; Legislative Studies Quarterly; Public Administration Review; Journal of Public Policy; and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

Discipline: Political Science
		

John D. Wilkerson Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Center for American Politics and Public Policy
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Dr. Wilkerson received his PhD from University of Rochester. His research centers on legislative organization and decision-making, with related interests in health politics and comparative legislative studies. He is particularly interested how information technologies can advance political science research and instruction.

Discipline: Political Science