Health Care Policymaking - Agenda Setting
Dr. Armstrong has 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. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 1998-2000. She has a M.P.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
Dr. Fowler received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2007. 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.
Dr. McDaniel holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently on leave from the University of Texas at Austin, where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Government. 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, 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.