Public Policy

Jason Barabas Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Harvard Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Barabas received his PhD is from Northwestern University. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Princeton. In his research, Professor Barabas blends interests in American politics--particularly representation and public opinion--with scholarship on public policy, political psychology, and methodology. A central question motivating him comes from democratic theory: do citizens get what they want from government? Consequently, most of his research emphasizes the public dimension of public policy. Sometimes he focuses on attitudes toward reforms for major programs like Social Security or Medicare. Other times he concentrates on how citizens learn about issues from each other or the mass media. Dr. Barabas studies public opinion with an eye toward what role citizens play in the policy process.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Graeme T. Boushey Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

Dr. Boushey received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 2007.  His research focuses on public policy innovation and political decision-making in America. His book Policy Diffusion Dynamics in America (Cambridge University Press, 2010), integrates research from agenda setting and epidemiology to model factors that shape the speed and scope of public policy diffusion. As a Scholar, he explored how American state governments respond to complex health policy threats, initially focusing on state vaccination and tobacco control programs.  He also initiated a related project on rulemaking in state public health agencies.

Discipline: Political Science
		

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
		

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
		

Rogan T. Kersh Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Yale Alumni List
Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics and International Affairs
Provost
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Kersh received his PhD in Political Science from Yale in 1996.  He returned as provost and professor of political science in July 2012.  In this role he oversees the University’s academic mission and programs on the Reynolda Campus, working closely with President Hatch, the academic deans, and faculty and administrative colleagues to support and enhance research, teaching, and graduate and undergraduate programs of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as Wake Forest’s Schools of Business, Divinity and Law.  He also coordinates academic programming with the administration of the School of Medicine.  Prior to arriving at WFU, Kersh was associate dean of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he was professor of public policy.

Dr. Kersh has published two books, on American political history and on health policy, and his Debating American Government (with James Morone) will be published by Oxford University Press. He has published over 50 academic articles, and does frequent media commentary on U.S. politics. He has been a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, a Luce Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 15 years’ teaching at Yale, Syracuse, and NYU he has won four university-wide teaching awards.  Kersh received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1996, and has professional experience in the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and at think tanks in Tokyo and Washington, DC.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Susan Moffitt Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Department of Political Science
Brown University, Providence, RI

Dr. Moffat received her PhD and MPP from the University of Michigan. She conducts research on American political institutions and public policy, with particular emphasis on developing the capacity to implement policy in the fields of public education and public health.  Her second book, Making Policy Public: Participatory Bureaucracy in American Democracy, was published by Cambridge University Press in the Fall of 2014.  Her first book, The Ordeal of Equality, coauthored with David K. Cohen, was published by Harvard University Press in 2009. Some of her other scholarship has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, the American Journal of Education, and numerous edited volumes.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Ryan T. Moore Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Government
American University, Washington, DC

Dr. Moore received his PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University. He is also serving as Senior Social Scientist fro the The LAB @ DC. he is also a Fellow of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS). His research interest centers around statistical political methodology, with applications in American social policy. Substantively, Dr. Moore is interested in the intersection of federalism, direct democracy, and the politics of old age pensions and health care. Methodologically, he develops and implements methods for political experiments, ecological data, missing data, causal inference, and geolocated data.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Kimberly J. Morgan Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Yale Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
George Washington University, Washington, DC

Dr. Morgan received her PhD in Political Science from Princeton University. Her research focuses on the politics of social policy in the United States and Western Europe, with particular interests in family policies, health care, and immigration. Dr. Morgan  is the author of two books, Working Mothers and the Welfare State: Religion and the Politics of Work-Family Policy in Western Europe and the United States (Stanford University Press 2006) and, with Andrea Louise Campbell, The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy (Oxford University Press 2011). She is a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy (2014), and her articles have appeared in journals such as American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Foreign Affairs, Politics & Society, Social Politics, and World Politics. Before joining GWU, was a post-doctoral fellow at NYU's Institute of French Studies (2000-01) and in 2008-09, Dr. Morgan was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Discipline: Political Science
		

Naomi Murakawa Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Dr. Murakawa received her PhD in Economics from Yale University, her MSc in Social Policy from London School of Economics and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women Studies from Columbia University. Dr. Murakawa studies the reproduction of racial inequality in 20th and 21st century American politics, with specialization in crime policy and the carceral state. She is the author of The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America (Oxford University Press, 2014), and her work has appeared in Law & Society Review, Theoretical Criminology, Du Bois Review, and several edited volumes. She has received a fellowship from Columbia Law School’s Center for the Study of Law and Culture.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Jonathan B. Oberlander Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor, School of Medicine and School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Oberlander received both his PhD and MA in Political Science from Yale University. Dr. Oberlander's research focuses on the politics of health care, health care reform, Medicare and cost control.  He is the author of The Political Life of Medicare (University of Chicago Press), co-editor of the three-volume Social Medicine Reader (Duke University Press), and is an editor of the University of North Carolina Press series, Studies in Social Medicine.  His journal articles include works published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Law and Contemporary Problems, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine

Discipline: Political Science