Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List

Karen R. Albright (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Affiliated Faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver, Denver, CO

Dr. Albright received her PhD in Sociology from New York University. Dr. Albright’s research interests focus on health behaviors among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, the barriers to their care, and potential solutions for improving care (e.g., collaborations between public health entities and private practices). In recent years, she has become particularly interested in how distrust of pharmaceutical medicine and the U.S. health care system affects health behaviors and outcomes. Dr. Albright’s research has been published in a wide variety of social scientific and medical journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Academic Pediatrics, Sociological Forum, and American Behavioral Scientist. Her research has been funded by, among others, the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the National Science Foundation. She is the Vice-President Elect of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology. 

Discipline: Sociology
		

Rene Almeling (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Dr. Almeling received her PhD in sociology from UCLA in 2008. Her research interests are in gender, markets, medicine, and genetics. She recently completed a book, Sex Cells: The Medical Market in Eggs and Sperm, which compares how reproductive cells, and the women and men who donate them, are culturally and economically valued (University of California Press). This project received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. As a Scholar, she interviewed genetic counselors for a new research project on how gendered ideas about bodies shape the presentation of genetic knowledge. She also initiated a survey research project on women's experiences of in vitro fertilization. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Michael L. Anderson (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Anderson received his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006) and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Swarthmore College.  His research interests focus on the areas of health economics, environmental economics, and applied econometrics.  His recent work includes papers on the relationship between fast-food and obesity, the effects of health insurance on utilization of health care, and optimal policies in the context of traffic safety.

Discipline: Economics
		

Jeb Barnes (ext. site) J.D., Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Director of Graduate Studies
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Barnes received his PhD from the University of California-Berkeley, a J.D. Law degree from the University of Chicago, Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California-Berkeley. His research generally focuses on the intersection between law, politics, and public policy and appears in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals, including thePolitical Research Quarterly, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Annual Review of Political Science, and Justice Systems Journal.  He has published two books: Overruled? Legislative Overrides, Pluralism, and Contemporary Court-Congress Relations (Stanford 2004) and a co-edited volume, Making Policy, Making Law: An Interbranch Perspective (Georgetown 2004).  He is currently finishing a short book on the recent failure of asbestos litigation reform in Congress, which is entitled Trying to Settle the Dust: Asbestos Litigation Reform and the Politics of Inefficiency in Contemporary American Politics.  His next project (with Thomas F. Burke, another Program alumnus) explores the political implications of relying on litigation versus social insurance programs to address injury compensation issues.  It is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Lori A. Beaman (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Dr. Beaman received her PhD in economics from Yale University in 2007. Her fields of interest include labor and development economics. Dr. Beaman's research has looked at the role of social networks in providing job information to refugees resettled in the U.S., and the impact of female political leadership on gender bias in rural India. As a Scholar, her interests were in the causes and consequences of health disparities among the foreign born in the U.S., and how economic shocks in immigrants’ home countries affect their health and health care usage in the U.S. Dr. Beaman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University.

Discipline: Economics
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Glenn D. Beamer (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Policy and Public Health, Mayes College
Director, Master of Public Health Program
University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Beamer PhD and MA in political science from the University of Michigan. He received a BA from the College of William & Mary. Before joining University of the Sciences, he served as Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine. He has also served as Assistant Professor of Public Policy at The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Dr. Beamer's teaching focuses on health policy, community health and development, and community-based health research. His research interest includes community health and development, as well as health policy issues related to children. He is currently working on a worker-based model for community development and retirement security, and a comparative evaluation of state-level welfare and health policy reform efforts.

Discipline: Political Science
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Michele T. Berger (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Director, Faculty Fellows Program, Institute for the Arts and Humanities
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Berger received her PhD from the University of Michigan. She also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of City and Regional Planning.  She was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies in 1995 and her PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1998. Her books include Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS (Princeton University Press, 2004) and the co-edited collections Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (Altamira Press, 2003) and The Intersectional Approach:  Transforming the Academy Through Race, Class and Gender (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Workable Sisterhood won a ‘Best Book’ Award from the American Political Science Association and was nominated for a ‘Distinguished Book’ Award from the American Sociological Association.  In 2006, she received an American Association of University Women (AAUW) ‘American Fellow’ award for her new work on African American mother and daughter communication on health and sexuality.

 

Her latest book Transforming Scholarship: Why Women’s and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World (Routledge 2011) definitively answers the question, ‘What can you do with an interest in women’s and gender studies?’ The book argues that not only are women’s and gender studies graduates able to find fulfilling employment, they also comprise an emerging vanguard of knowledge producers in the U.S. and globally, and maintain a strong commitment to gender equality and social justice after graduation.

Dr. Berger and her collaborator Dr. Cheryl Radeloff surveyed over 900 women’s and gender studies graduates (1995-2010) from around the globe about their career paths. This is currently the largest global data set about contemporary women’s and gender studies graduates. Her teaching and research interests include multiracial feminisms, qualitative methods, and HIV/AIDS activism. She served as Vice-President of the National Women’s Studies Association from 2010-2014.

Discipline: Political Science
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Christopher J. Bonastia (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Lehman College and CUNY Graduate Center, Bronx, NY

Dr. Bonastia received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2001.  Dr. Bonastia’s work focuses on historical explorations of race, policy and politics.  His first book, Knocking on the Door: The Federal Government’s Attempt to Desegregate the Suburbs, was published in 2006 by Princeton University Press.  His recent book, Southern Stalemate: Five Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia, was published in early 2012 by the University of Chicago Press.  The latter project was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In summer 2011, he was a visiting fellow at the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers at Harvard University.  His work has also been published in the Journal of Policy History (examining civil rights enforcement in health care), the Du Bois Review, Social Science History and Social Problems, among other publications.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Karen M. Booth (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Booth teaches courses that focus on transnational, global, and majority (“third”) world issues and social movements. She is particularly interested in sexual and reproductive rights, health politics, and transnational feminist and queer organizing. Her courses are cross-listed with sexuality studies, cultural studies, and international studies. In her recent book, Local Women/Global Science: Fighting AIDS in Kenya (Indiana University Press, 2004), she demonstrates the ways in which the micropolitics of AIDS control in Nairobi’s public clinics are shaped by colonial geography, global capitalism, and scientific constructions of African bodies and heterosexuality. She is now writing a cultural history of AZT, the first anti-HIV drug.

Discipline: Sociology
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Thomas F. Burke (ext. site) 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