Health Care Policymaking - Policy-making process

Christopher J. Bonastia Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Lehman College and CUNY Graduate Center, Bronx, NY

Dr. Bonastia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center, and is the Associate Director of Honors Programs at Lehman College.  He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2001.  Dr. Bonastia’s work focuses on historical explorations of race, policy and politics.  His first book, Knocking on the Door: The Federal Government’s Attempt to Desegregate the Suburbs, was published in 2006 by Princeton University Press.  His recent book, Southern Stalemate: Five Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia, was published in early 2012 by the University of Chicago Press.  The latter project was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In summer 2011, he was a visiting fellow at the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers at Harvard University.  His work has also been published in the Journal of Policy History (examining civil rights enforcement in health care), the Du Bois Review, Social Science History and Social Problems, among other publications.

Discipline: Sociology

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; and
Interim Dean of the Graduate Division
University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA

Discipline: Political Science

Laura E. Evans Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Dr. Evans is an Associate Professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.  She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan in 2005. Dr. Evans' research focuses on local politics and intergovernmental relations.  She is completing a book manuscript entitled “Power from Powerlessness:  Tribal Governments, Institutional Niches, and American Federalism”.  The book examines strategies and institutions that enable American Indian tribes to win surprising political victories.  As a Scholar, Dr. Evans studied how suburban officials frame issues and set agendas in health policy, and specifically, whether they approach health as either a particular or a shared, cross-jurisdictional concern.

Discipline: Political Science

Michael K. Gusmano Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Yale Alumni List
Associate Professor of Health Policy, School of Public Health
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Gusmano is an associate professor of health policy in the School of Public Health and a core member of the Institute for Health, Health Care and Aging Research at Rutgers University. In addition, he is a Research Scholar at The Hastings Center where he investigates health care equity in the U.S. and other countries. He has published widely in the areas of health policy, aging, and comparative welfare state analysis – including his book with Colleen Grogan, Healthy Voices/Unhealthy Silence: Advocating for Poor People’s Health (Georgetown University Press, 2007). He is the co-director of the World Cities Project (WCP) - the first effort to compare the performance of health, social and long-term care systems in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo - the four largest cities among the wealthy nations of the world. He holds a Ph.D in political science from the University of Maryland at College Park and a master's degree in public policy from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a member of the Gerontological Society of American and the American Political Science Association (APSA) and serves as the secretary of APSA’s Organized Section on Health Politics and Policy. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Discipline: Political Science

Drew T. Halfmann Ph.D.

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

Dr. Halfmann is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis.  He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2001.  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
Associate Professor and Anton Vonk Chair in Environmental Politics, Department of Political Science
University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Han is Associate Professor and Anton Vonk Chair of Environmental Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was previously Associate Professor of Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2005. Her research focuses on ways people become motivated to participate in politics, particularly among the underprivileged.  Her current research examines the role that political organizations (such as civic associations, parties, and campaigns) play in motivating participation and the dynamics of political mobilization around key policy issues.

Discipline: Political Science