Public Health Policy

Christopher A. Bail Ph.D.

Cohort 18 — Michigan Alumni List
Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology
Duke University, Durham, NC

Dr. Bail received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 2011. His primary interests include political and cultural sociology, civil society organizations, and mixed-method research. His  book entitled, Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream was published by Princeton University Press in 2015. While in the Program, he studied the role of emotions in health communication using an innovative research design that mines information about the behavior of hundreds of millions of people using a Facebook app. He is the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke University.

Discipline: Sociology
		

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
		

Sharon H. Bzostek Ph.D.

Cohort 16 — Harvard Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Bzostek received her PhD in sociology from Princeton University in 2009. Her primary research interests are in the fields of family demography, childhood inequality, and health disparities. Current research projects include a study of differential self-rating of health by race/ethnicity, an analysis of child health disparities resulting from instability in family structure, a study of the patterns and consequences of health insurance coverage among children in the same family, and an investigation of differences in maternal and paternal reports of children’s health status.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Eric A.Feldman Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale Alumni List
Professor of Law, School of Law
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Feldman received both his PhD and JD from the University of California-Berkeley and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar.  His expertise is in Japanese law, comparative public health law, and law and society. His books and articles explore the comparative dimensions of rights, dispute resolution, and legal culture, often in the context of urgent policy issues including the regulation of smoking, HIV/AIDS, and other aspects of the health care system. Feldman has twice been a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, and has also been a Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and at the University of Trento in Italy, as well as a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Law in Tokyo. He has received grants and fellowships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Bar Association, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, he spent five years as the Associate Director of the Institute for Law and Society at New York University. He is the author of The Ritual of Rights in Japan: Law, Society, and Health Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2000), the co-editor of Blood Feuds: AIDS, Blood, and the Politics of Medical Disaster (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Unfiltered: Conflicts over Tobacco Policy and Public Health (Harvard University Press, 2004), and has published academic articles in edited volumes and journals including the California Law Review, Law in Japan, American Journal of Comparative Law, Los Angeles Times, Social and Legal Studies, Hastings Center Report, Lancet, Law and Society Review, and the Michigan Journal of International Law.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Shana K. Gadarian Ph.D.

Cohort 16 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Maxwell School
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Dr. Gadarian received a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University in 2008. Her primary research interests include American politics, political psychology, and political communication. She is currently at work on a project entitled, Anxious Politics: Anxiety’s Role in Information Seeking, Trust, and Attitudes, joint with Bethany Albertson. The project explores how worries over public health, immigration, and terrorism shape how Americans seek political information, who they turn to in crises, and their political attitudes. As a Scholar, she explored how anxiety about health crises affects trust in government as well as how individuals deal with genetic risk.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Paula M. Lantz Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Lantz received both her PhD in Sociology and her MA in Epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin. She also received her MA in Sociology from Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College. Dr. Lantz, a social demographer, studies the role of public health in health care reform, clinical preventive services (such as cancer screening and prenatal care), and social inequalities in health. She is particularly interested in the role of health care versus broad social policy aimed at social determinants of health in reducing social disparities in health status. She is currently doing research regarding the potential of social impact bonds to reduce Medicaid expenditures. Previously, she served an Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement and professor of public policy at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Prior to that, she acted as Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, where she is also Professor of Public Policy.  She served as the Director of the Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at the University of Michigan site from 2002-2011.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Trevon D. Logan Ph.D.

Cohort 16 — Michigan Alumni List
Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor of Economics, Department of Economics
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Dr. Logan received his PhD and both of his Masters (Economics and Demography) from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Bachelor Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S.,  1999. He is an economist who specializes in economic history and applied demography. He also does work that intersects with health economics, applied econometrics, applied microeconomics and sociology. His previous research focused on historical living standards, comparative measures of well being, and the development of measures of human welfare that can be consistently applied through time. He is the author of Economics, Sexuality, and Male Sex Work, from Cambridge University Press.

Discipline: Economics
		

Carl V. Phillips Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Michigan Alumni List
Scientific Director
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, Milford, NH

Dr. Phillips received his PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.  His research focuses include tobacco harm reduction, health policy ethics, scientific epistemology, and improving research methods for policy applications.  Dr. Phillips directs the TobaccoHarmReduction.org project, formerly developed at the University of Alberta School of Public Health, which focuses on educating consumer and opinion leaders about low-risk alternatives to smoking, particularly smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, and improving upon the ineffective and unethical standard approaches to nicotine and tobacco policy. Dr. Phillips is also editor-in-chief of the journal Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations and the online working paper and journal club project, epiereview.com.  He serves as a consultant in the areas of epidemiology methods, product liability, and public policy.  His work in epidemiologic methods has won several awards, including the Rothman award for the best paper of 2003 in the leading epidemiology journal.  He lives outside of Edmonton, Canada, where he raises chickens and alpacas.

Discipline: Economics
		

Rashawn Ray Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD

Dr. Ray received his PhD in Sociology from Indiana University. His research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. He is the author of Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy. His work has appeared in journals including the Annual Review of Public Health, Journal of Urban Health, American Education Research Journal, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Ray has two forthcoming books: The Loves Jones Cohort: Single and Living Alone in the Black Middle Class with Dr. Kris Marsh and Bordering Chaos: Family and Work in a Racially-Diverse America with Dr. Pam Jackson. Dr. Ray has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Ford Foundation, American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Ray was selected as 40 Under 40 Prince George’s County in 2014, Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow for the city of Bloomington, IN in 2010, and the Co-Chair of the Ford Foundation Scholars Conference in 2015. He has been awarded mentorship awards from the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program, and the Departments of Sociology at the University of Maryland and Indiana University. Previously, Dr. Ray served on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Planning Committee and the Commission on Racial Justice with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Social Psychology Quarterly as well as the American Sociological Association Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Sociology. Dr. Ray is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and has also written for Huffington Post.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Sarah J. Reber Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Luskin School of Public Affairs
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Reber received her PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 2003. Dr. Reber is an applied economist trained in public finance and labor economics, specializing in education and health policy. Her work in health economics examines the advantages and disadvantages of promoting competition in health insurance markets. Her research in education focuses on understanding the educational, social, and fiscal effects—both intended and unintended—of some of the most important policies of the 20th century: school desegregation, the Civil Rights Act, and the massive expansion of federal aid to K-12 education that Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act represented. In addition, she is conducting a randomized-controlled trial of two interventions designed to increase college enrollment among disadvantaged students. Her latest publication is "The Quest for a Targeted and Effective Title I ESEA: Challenges in Designing and Implementing Fiscal Compliance Rules", with Nora Gordon, Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, December 2015.

Discipline: Economics
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