Health Politics and Policy

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
		

Tim Bϋthe Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Sanford School of Public Policy
Senior Fellow, Rethinking Regulation Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Duke University, Durham, NC

Dr. Buthe received his B.A. in Government, History, and Economics from Harvard in 1995, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 2002.  His primary research interests are the evolution and persistence of institutions and the ways in which institutions enable and constrain actors.  Substantively, his work focuses primarily on the politics of standards & regulations and what he calls global private politics.  His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political ScienceGovernance, Law & Contemporary Problems, and other journals, as well as edited volumes (see www.buthe.info for details).  A major study of the domestic and international politics of setting standards for product and financial markets, including standards for medical instruments/devices, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press--based on multi-industry surveys in the U.S. and several European countries.  As a RWJF Scholar, he studied the standardization of medical terminology and the political contestation over the technology for electronic medical records, as well as the delegation of regulatory authority in the realm of food safety.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Reid Cushman Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Yale Alumni List
Director, Technology Development, CITI Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
University of Miami, Miami, FL

Dr. Cushman received his PhD in Government, a MAPA, MA and BA from the University of Virginia. Dr. Cushman received his training in economics, political science and public policy at the University of Virginia.  Prior to coming to UM, he was a lecturer at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California - Berkeley.  His teaching background includes courses in ethics and public policy, health care economics, health care policy, political philosophy, public health ethics and law, science and technology policy, and statistics and research methods, at UC-Berkeley, UM, UVa, and other universities. He currently teaches in UM’s Health Executive MBA program, the MSCTI Program, and the Public Health MPH/PhD program.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Kevin M. Esterling Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy
Associate Dean of the Graduate Division
University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA

Dr. Esterling received his PhD from University of Chicago. His research focuses on deliberative democracy in American national politics. His current work identifies the conditions that lead citizens to engage constructively in public discourse. He is the author of The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2004). He has published in a number of journals, including The American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Rationality and Society, Political Communication, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the MacArthur Foundation. Esterling was a postdoctoral research fellow at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Laura E. Evans Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Dr. Evans received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Dr. Evans joined the Evans School faculty in 2004. She studies the politics of American federalism. Dr. Evans explores the determinants of regional policy coordination and competition, with particular attention to institutional arrangements and racial and economic inequality. Her recent book, Power from Powerlessness: Tribal Governments, Institutional Niches, and American Federalism (2011, Oxford University Press), examines American Indian tribal governments’ relations with states, localities, and the federal government. Dr. Evans shows how American Indian tribal governments sometimes succeed, often against dim odds, in persuading state and local governments to address important tribal concerns. She shows that even when opportunities for major federal policy change are limited, tribes have built particular types of supportive relationships—which she terms institutional niches—that help with cultivating political capacity. She offers new ideas about the interplay of political institutions and the politics of marginalized groups. Dr. Evans is writing a book on agenda-setting in suburbs, tentatively titled, Ailing Agendas, Fractured Frames? Understanding the Politics of (In)Equality in America’s Suburbs.  She evaluates the frames that suburban officials deploy to justify policies of exclusion, efficiency, or equity. She identifies uniquely suburban frames and agendas and their ramifications for American politics. In several other articles, she has analyzed how state legislatures govern local affairs. Also, she has begun new work on institutional change in federal Indian policy over the 20th century.

Discipline: Political Science
		

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
		

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
		

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
		

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