Lobbying and Special Interests (includes: campaign finance and health care PACs)

Frederick Boehmke Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Dr. Boehmke is Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa and serves as the Director of the Social Science Program at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. He received his PhD in 2000 from the California Institute of Technology. Prof. Boehmke's research focuses on policy adoption and diffusion, organized interests, and Native American politics, with an emphasis on the American states. He also does research and teaches classes on quantitative methodologies. His research has been published in leading journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, The Journals of Politics, and Political Analysis.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Daniel P. Carpenter Doctorate

Cohort 5 — Michigan Alumni List
Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Department of Government
Director, Center for American Political Studies
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Carpenter received his doctorate from University of Chicago. He conducts research in American politics and political development, political economy, regulation and the history and political economy of pharmaceuticals.  He often blends narrative and statistical methods in his research, trying to harness the contributions of different perspectives.  He is author of The Forging of Bureaucratic Autonomy: Networks, Reputations and Policy Innovation in Executive Agencies, 1862-1928 (Princeton University Press, 2001), and Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA (Princeton University Press, 2010).  His research and writing have appeared in Studies in American Political Development, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and Archives of Internal Medicine, among other professional venues.  He currently serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Scientific Standards for Modified Risk Tobacco Products. Professor Carpenter has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alfred Sloan foundation.  He currently serves as co-editor of the journal Studies in American Political Development and is co-director of Harvard’s Medications and Society Program.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Anthony S. Chen Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Dr. Chen received his PhD in Sociology from University of California-Berkeley, where he was also a Soros Fellow. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Rice University. He is also Director of Undergraduate Studies at Northwestern University. He is interested in the political development of public policy in the United States from the New Deal, and he has special interests in civil rights, social policy, and business-government relations. He is the author of The Fifth Freedom (Princeton), which offers a new account of how and why affirmative action emerged in employment. In collaboration with Lisa M. Stulberg, he is completing a book on the origins and development of affirmative action in college admissions. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Journal of American History, and Studies in American Political Development, among other outlets. Chen is co-editor of Studies in American Political Development. Before joining the faculty at Northwestern, Chen was on the faculty for eight years at the University of Michigan.

Discipline: Sociology
		

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
		

Rogan T. Kersh Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Yale Alumni List
Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics and International Affairs
Provost
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Kersh received his PhD in Political Science from Yale in 1996.  He returned as provost and professor of political science in July 2012.  In this role he oversees the University’s academic mission and programs on the Reynolda Campus, working closely with President Hatch, the academic deans, and faculty and administrative colleagues to support and enhance research, teaching, and graduate and undergraduate programs of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as Wake Forest’s Schools of Business, Divinity and Law.  He also coordinates academic programming with the administration of the School of Medicine.  Prior to arriving at WFU, Kersh was associate dean of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he was professor of public policy.

Dr. Kersh has published two books, on American political history and on health policy, and his Debating American Government (with James Morone) will be published by Oxford University Press. He has published over 50 academic articles, and does frequent media commentary on U.S. politics. He has been a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, a Luce Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 15 years’ teaching at Yale, Syracuse, and NYU he has won four university-wide teaching awards.  Kersh received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1996, and has professional experience in the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and at think tanks in Tokyo and Washington, DC.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Jeffrey D. Milyo Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Yale Alumni List
Professor, Department of Economics
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Dr. Milyo received his PhD from PhD from Stanford University. His research interest are: Political Economics, Law and Economics, and Health Economics. His recent publications are: “Giving the People What They Want? Legislative Polarization and Public Approval of State Legislatures” (with Lilliard Richardson), State and Local Government Review, 2016, “Public Confidence in the Redistricting Process: The Role of Independent Commissions, State Legislative Polarization and Partisan Preferences” (with Kathryn VanderMolen), State and Local Government Review, 2016, “Measuring Public Corruption in the United States: Evidence from Administrative Records of Federal Prosecutions” (with Adriana Cordis), Public Integrity, 2016, “The Quantities and Qualities of Poll Workers” (with Barry Burden), Election Law Journal, 2015, and "Money in Politics", Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Edited by Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn. 2015.

Discipline: Economics
		

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
		

Edward T. Walker Ph.D.

Cohort 16 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Sociology
Director of Undergraduate Education
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Walker received a PhD in sociology from Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Formerly on the faculty of the University of Vermont, he joined the Department of Sociology at UCLA following his time as an RWJF Scholar. Dr. Walker’s scholarly interests include civil society, political participation, organizations, social movements, and the non-profit sector. His work appears in such venues as the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, andPublic Opinion Quarterly. His current projects include a longitudinal study of community organizations across the U.S., research on how business contexts shape protest, and an NSF-supported examination of the influence of professional public affairs campaigns on political participation and policy.  His book on the latter topic, Grassroots for Hire, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. As an RWJF Scholar, he examined the role of inter-organizational networks in shaping the philanthropic activity of pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, device manufacturers, providers, medical sales companies, and medical research firms.

Discipline: Sociology