Health Care Policymaking - Agenda Setting

Elizabeth M. Armstrong Ph.D., M.P.A.

Cohort 5 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Department of Sociology and Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
Princeton University, Princeton , NJ

Dr. Armstrong has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a MPA from Princeton University. Her research interests in public health, the history and sociology of medicine, social determinants of health, and medical ethics. She is the author of Conceiving Risk, Bearing Responsibility: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Diagnosis of Moral Disorder (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) and articles on family planning, medical mistakes, adolescent motherhood, and the sociology of pregnancy and birth. Her current research includes a longitudinal study of agenda setting around disease in the U.S. and a study of fetal personhood and obstetrical ethics. She holds a joint appointment in the department of sociology and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and is a faculty associate at both the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing there.

Discipline: Sociology
		

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
		

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 received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Dr. Evans joined the Evans School faculty in 2004. She studies the politics of American federalism. Dr. Evans explores the determinants of regional policy coordination and competition, with particular attention to institutional arrangements and racial and economic inequality. Her recent book, Power from Powerlessness: Tribal Governments, Institutional Niches, and American Federalism (2011, Oxford University Press), examines American Indian tribal governments’ relations with states, localities, and the federal government. Dr. Evans shows how American Indian tribal governments sometimes succeed, often against dim odds, in persuading state and local governments to address important tribal concerns. She shows that even when opportunities for major federal policy change are limited, tribes have built particular types of supportive relationships—which she terms institutional niches—that help with cultivating political capacity. She offers new ideas about the interplay of political institutions and the politics of marginalized groups. Dr. Evans is writing a book on agenda-setting in suburbs, tentatively titled, Ailing Agendas, Fractured Frames? Understanding the Politics of (In)Equality in America’s Suburbs.  She evaluates the frames that suburban officials deploy to justify policies of exclusion, efficiency, or equity. She identifies uniquely suburban frames and agendas and their ramifications for American politics. In several other articles, she has analyzed how state legislatures govern local affairs. Also, she has begun new work on institutional change in federal Indian policy over the 20th century.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Erika Franklin Fowler Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Government
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Dr. Fowler received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Dr. Fowler’s dissertation provides one of the first systematic examinations of both the content and effect of local television news coverage of elections.  As a Scholar, she studied the emergence and evolution of competitive framing surrounding HPV-related policy action in local media and how publicized controversy may have shaped public decisions about and confidence in vaccination and immunization programs more generally. She also worked on another project examining variation in health news across outlets with a particular focus on whether media diminish or exacerbate existing inequalities. 

Discipline: Political Science
		

Marie E. Hojnacki Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor & Associate Head, Department of Political Science
Director of World Campus Programs
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Dr. Hojnacki received her PhD from Ohio State University in 1994, her Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis from University of Rochester in 1985, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Canisius College.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Eric L. McDaniel Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Government
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Dr. McDaniel holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. McDaniel specializes in American politics. His research areas include religion and politics, Black politics, and organizational behavior. His research focuses on religion and politics, and racial and ethnic politics. He is particularly interested in the role of Black religious institutions in shaping Black political behavior. His recent book, Politics in the Pews: The Political Mobilization of Black Churches (2008), examines the determinants of Black church political engagement. He is currently working on projects that examine the political consequences of differing religious interpretations and how people define citizenship. His project while in the Program examined how religious interpretation influences attitudes towards health care policy.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Robin H. Rogers Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Yale Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
The City University of New York
Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center, Flushing, NY

Dr. Rogers received her PhD. Her research interests have included: the genesis, institutional framework, implementation, and social contexts of social policy; welfare policy; faith-based policy initiatives; the role of religion in primary elections; flaws and techniques in quantitative and qualitative sociological research methods; and the adaptation of business models in the nonprofit sector. She is currently at work on a new book about the burgeoning role of billionaire philanthropy in shaping public policy. She is the author of The Welfare Experiments: Politics and Policy Evaluation (Stanford University Press, 2004) in addition to numerous articles on politics and social policy. Rogers has served as a Congressional Fellow on Women and Public Policy, and a visiting fellow at Princeton University. She is a recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Discipline: Sociology
		

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