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 Ph.D.

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 is the Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and Director of the Center for American Political Studies (CAPS) in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.  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 is a Political and Historical Sociologist within the Department of Sociology at Northwestern 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. Chen received his BA from Rice University and his PhD in Sociology from the University of California-Berkeley, where he was a Soros Fellow. 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 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. 

Discipline: Political Science

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 Ph.D. 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