Women's health

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
		

Carol A. Caronna Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice
Towson University, Towson, MD

Dr. Caronna received a PhD and an A.M. in sociology from Stanford University and a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She is the co-author of Institutional Theory and Healthcare Organizations: From Professional Dominance to Managed Care (2000, University of Chicago Press) and has published research articles in Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science and Medicine, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations. She also has contributed chapters on acute care and the organization of medical care to the 8th, 9th, and 10th editions of the best-selling public health textbook, Jonas & Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States (Springer). She is also active in the scholarship of teaching and has published syllabi and course materials in four American Sociology Association teaching resource guides. These publications include her course designs for each of her upper level courses at Towson (Organizations and Society, Work and Occupations, and Sociology of Gender).

Discipline: Sociology
		

Brian Goesling Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Director of Human Services Research
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ

Dr.Goesling received his PhD in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University. His expertise is in social programs and trends affecting families and youth. Dr. Goesling currently serves as project director for the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches, a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of promising approaches to prevent teen pregnancy. He also directs a systematic evidence review of teen pregnancy prevention programs, serves as principal investigator for a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of healthy relationship programs for youth, and directs an ongoing cost study of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. He has published more than a dozen scholarly book chapters and journal articles, including articles in the Journal of Adolescent HealthJournal of Health and Social BehaviorAmerican Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces. He coauthored a recent report for the U.S. Department of Education on the largest experimental evaluation to date of the effectiveness of mandatory random student drug testing in U.S. high schools. He has also authored research on systematic reviews, teen pregnancy prevention, teenagers’ attitudes toward marriage, the links between marriage and health, and health care coverage among families with children. 

Discipline: Sociology
		

Drew T. Halfmann Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

Dr. Halfmann received both his PhD and MA in Sociology from New York University in 2001, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. His research focuses on social movements and the politics of health and social policy.  Professor Halfmann is the author of Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain and Canada (University of Chicago Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Charles Tilly Best Book Award from the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements of the American Sociological Association. His research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Mobilization, HEALTH, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Policy History.  His current research is on the African-American struggle for health equality from Reconstruction to Obamacare.  He is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and co-director of its Bay Area Regional Network. 

Discipline: Sociology
		

Benjamin R. Hertzberg Ph.D.

Cohort 18 — Harvard Alumni List
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion , Department of Political Science
Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Hertzberg He received a PhD in Political Science from Duke University in 2011, where he was a Kenan Institute Graduate Fellow in Ethics and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies. He researches and teaches in the fields of political theory and philosophy and religion and politics.  Previously, Hertzberg was Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University.
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Discipline: Political Science
		

Radha Iyengar Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Harvard Alumni List
Senior Economist
RAND Corporation, Washington, DC

Dr. Iyengar received her PhD in Economics from Princeton University. Prior to the Rand Corporation, she served in senior staff positions at the White House National Security Council, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. Over the course of her government service, she was instrumental in executive actions on sexual assault and suicide prevention, budget and policy related to nuclear and energy infrastructure security and resilience, and security assistance and counterterrorism efforts in the the Middle East and North Africa. Before her government service, Iyengar worked as an economist at RAND. Her research has covered empirical evaluations of policies aimed at reducing violence including criminal violence, sexual assault, terrorist behavior, and sexual and intimate partner violence. At the outset of her career, she was an assistant professor at the London School of Economics.

Discipline: Economics
		

Hans C. Noel Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Government
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Dr. Noel received his PhD in Political Science from UCLA in 2006 and is currently on leave from the Department of Government at Georgetown University, where he is an assistant professor. Dr. Noel's research focuses on political parties and ideology. He is the co-author of The Party Decides: Political Parties and Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. His dissertation, "The Coalition Merchants: How Ideologues Shape Parties in American Politics" argues that ideological divisions precede and influence the coalitions that politicians form in partisan conflict. While in the Program, Dr. Noel's research explored the ideological divisions over a variety of health policies, including national health care, temperance and the prohibition of alcohol, the war on drugs, the regulation of tobacco, and the regulations to fight obesity.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Heather N. Royer Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Royer received her PhD in economics from the University of California-Berkeley in 2004. She has published in the American Economic Review and the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Heather Royer's research focuses on trying to understand the causal effect of education on health and fertility. She also has recently become interested in how information and incentives may affect health behaviors such as eating healthy and exercising regularly. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Discipline: Economics
		

Kathyrn A. Sowards Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Michigan Alumni List
Psychological Counseling, Family Therapy & EMDR
Private Practice, Syracuse, NY

Dr. Sowards is a licensed mental health practitioner in private practice. She specializes in EMDR therapy and works with adults and children on a range of emotional and interpersonal issues--including post-traumatic stress.

Discipline: Sociology