Political Economy

Tim Bϋthe (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Berkeley/UCSF
Associate Research Professor, Department of Political Science and 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 (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Yale
Director, Systems and Support
CITI Program, 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

William E. Encinosa (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Michigan
Senior Advisor
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD

Dr. Encinosa received his PhD in Economics and MA in Mathematics from the University of Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. His current research includes the economics of medical errors, malpractice tort reform, the debt and asset holdings of the uninsured, the effects of direct-to-consumer advertising on drug prices, and bariatric surgery for the obese. His research has recently appeared in numerous media outlets, such as the NBC Today show, CBS’s The Early Show, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and USA Today. In 2009, he won the John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award in Health Services Research for his article “The Impact of Medical Errors on 90-Day Costs and Outcomes.” Prior to joining AHRQ, Dr. Encinosa is currently a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Managed Care.

Discipline: Economics

Dino D. Falaschetti (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Berkeley/UCSF
Chief Economist, Committee on Financial Services
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Dr. Falaschetti received his PhD in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BS with distinction from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Dino Falaschetti was a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of Outreach for Financial and Economic Policy for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  He specialized in financial and business strategy and has managed Fortune 100 audit-engagements and corporate finance operations and led an economic research institute. Falaschetti was formerly senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. In addition, he held faculty appointments in business, economics, finance, law, and policy at the University of California at Berkeley, Florida State University, Montana State University, Seattle University, Stanford University, University of Tennessee, University of Texas at Arlington, and Washington University in St. Louis. His publications include articles in leading scholarly journals, such as the American Law and Economics Review, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law. He is also the coeditor of Political Economy: Critical Concepts (Routledge, 2011) and the author of Democratic Governance and Economic Performance: How Accountability Can Go Too Far in Politics, Law, and Business (Studies in Public Choice, 2009) and Money, Financial Intermediation, and Governance (Edward Elgar Pub, 2008).

Discipline: Economics
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Matthew J. Gabel (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 3 — Michigan
Professor, Department of Political Science
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Dr. Gabel received his PhD in political science from the University of Rochester in 1994 and was member of the faculty of the University of Kentucky until 2005.  His research interests span comparative politics, international political economy, European politics, and medical decision making.  He is a founding co-editor of the journal European Union Politics and has published articles in theAmerican Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.  His work on health policy has focused on theoretical and empirical issues of group decision making in consensus panels, which are used in the review of medical therapies and procedures as well as in medical diagnosis.  Publications of this work have appeared in the Journal of Health Economics and the Archives of Neurology.  He is currently consulting for Bristol-Myers-Squibb on a drug trial related to his research on the diagnosis of dementia.

Discipline: Political Science

Andrew B. Whitford (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Michigan
Alexander M. Crenshaw Professor of Public Administration and Policy
Department of Public Administration and Policy
The University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Dr. Whitford received his PhD Washington University in St. Louis, Political Science. Dr. Whitford concentrates on teaching and research on strategy and innovation in public policy and organization studies, often centering on knowledge organizations. He also has extensive expertise in data analytics. He serves as Field Editor of the Journal of Public Policy. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Whitford has lectured or conducted research in numerous countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, and the United Kingdom, among others. He was recently named to receive the 2017 Herbert A. Simon Award for “significant contribution to the scientific study of bureaucracy.”

Discipline: Political Science