Comparative Politics - Comparative social policy

Thomas F. Burke Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Dr. Burke received both his PhD and MA from the University of California-Berkeley. He received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Minnesota. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and at the University of California-Berkeley, and a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Program.  Dr. Burke’s research focuses on the place of rights and litigation in public policy. His most recent project, with USC Professor (and RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alum) Jeb Barnes, examines the politics of injury compensation in the United States. Another project, also with Barnes, analyzes how organizations respond to social change laws. The first article from this project, “The Diffusion of Rights,” was published in the fall, 2006 issue of Law and Society Review. Other recent publications include: “Political Regimes and the Future of the First Amendment,” in Studies in Law, Politics and Society; "Is There an Empirical Literature on Rights?" forthcoming from that same journal; and "The Bush Administration and the Uses of Judicial Politics," with co-author Nancy Scherer, a chapter in an edited volume on the Bush Presidency. Dr. Burke is the co-author, with Lief Carter, of the updated 9th edition of Reason in Law (2016), and the author of Lawyers, Lawsuits and Legal Rights: The Struggle Over Litigation in American Society (2002).

Discipline: Political Science
		

Susan M. Giaimo Doctorate

Cohort 1 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Biomedical Sciences
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Giaimo received her Doctorate in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Giaimo's research and teaching interests comprise comparative politics of advanced industrial societies, comparative public policy, comparative political economy, and health care politics and policy. She taught in the political science department at MIT.

Dr. Giaimo’s latest book is Reforming Health Care in the United States, Germany, and South Africa: Comparative Perspectives on Health (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She has also published journal articles and book chapters on comparative welfare state policies and health care politics. Dr. Giaimo has been panelist on a number of public forums on health policy, including the local PBS program 4th Street Forum and the Milwaukee Press Club. Her publications include Markets and Medicine: The Politics of Health Care Reform in Britain, Germany, and the United States (University of Michigan Press, 2002), and journal articles in Comparative Political Studies and Governance.  Her next book, Comparative Politics of Health: United States, Germany, Canada, and South Africa, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Michael K. Gusmano Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Yale Alumni List
Associate Professor of Health Policy, School of Public Health
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Gusmano received his PhD in Political Sciene from the University of New York at Albany. He is also a Research Scholar at The Hastings Center where he investigates health care equity in the U.S. and other countries. He has published widely in the areas of health policy, aging, and comparative welfare state analysis – including his book with Colleen Grogan, Healthy Voices/Unhealthy Silence: Advocating for Poor People’s Health (Georgetown University Press, 2007). He is the co-director of the World Cities Project (WCP) - the first effort to compare the performance of health, social and long-term care systems in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo - the four largest cities among the wealthy nations of the world. He is a member of the Gerontological Society of American and the American Political Science Association (APSA) and serves as the secretary of APSA’s Organized Section on Health Politics and Policy. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Julia Lynch Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Lynch received her PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in government from Harvard University.  Her research concerns the politics of inequality, social policy, and the economy in comparative perspective, with a focus on the countries of Western Europe and the United States.  At Penn, Lynch co-directs the Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium, and is a faculty affiliate with the Penn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Lauder Institute and the Italian Studies Program.  Professor Lynch is also active in the profession more broadly, serving on the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies as well as on the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Lynch has received major grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Adam D. Sheingate Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Scheingate received both his PhD and MA in Political Science from Yale University. His research interest is American Politics. His most recent book is Building a Business of Politics: The Rise of Political Consulting and the Transformation of American Democracy. He is also a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism and the author of the Rise of the Agricultural Welfare State: Institutions and Interest Group Power in the United States, France, and Japan as well as journal articles and book chapters on American political development, historical institutionalism, and comparative public policy.

Discipline: Political Science