Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List

Karen R. Albright Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Community & Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health
Director of Qualitative Research Colorado Health Outcomes Program and Children’s Outcomes Research Program, School of Medicine
University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO

Dr. Albright is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community & Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She is also the Director of the Qualitative Research Cores within the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and the Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention. She received her Ph.D. 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 Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Assistant 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 Ph.D.

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

Dr. Anderson is Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. 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.  Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006) and a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College (1999).

Discipline: Economics
		

Jeb Barnes J.D., Ph.D.

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

Dr. Barnes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern California, where he is Director of Graduate Studies.  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 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 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
Discipline: Political Science
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Michele T. Berger Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Discipline: Political Science
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Christopher J. Bonastia Ph.D.

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

Dr. Bonastia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center, and is the Associate Director of Honors Programs at Lehman College.  He 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 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
Discipline: Sociology
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Thomas F. Burke Ph.D.

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

Dr. Burke is the Jane Bishop ’51 Associate Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. 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