Michigan Alumni List
Dr. Adams is president of Nth-Degree Analytics II, Inc., a research and statistical consulting company serving non-profit and large corporate clients. Dr. Adams received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa and held a post-doctoral position with the Harvard Data Center/Dept. of Government. Prior to leaving for the private sector, Dr. Adams held a faculty appointment at Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Social & Decision Sciences, during which time he was also a Fellow-At-Large with the Santa Fe Institute. His scholarly works include publications in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Chance, and The Political Methodologist.
Dr. Adams is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Economics Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He works on a number of different policy-related topics in labor economics and health economics, including public smoking bans, employer-provided health insurance, and minimum wage legislation. His work has been published in the Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics, among other outlets. He served as a Senior Economist for education, labor and welfare with the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers under both Presidents Bush and Obama.
Dr. Adolph received his PhD in political science from Harvard University in 2005. He currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. His research interests in health politics and policy include the role of career trajectories and backgrounds in shaping the organization of health bureaucracies and their policies, the allocation of responsibility and funds for health services across national, state, and local governments, and the organization of health care interest groups, focusing in each case on the American and comparative political contexts. His other scholarly pursuits include comparative political economy and quantitative methodology.
Dr. Andrew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Andrew received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2009. Her research focuses on the intergenerational and social psychological determinants of young adults’ education and health attainments. In previous research, she has evaluated the intergenerational impacts of serious health events in the parent generation, the life course production of education and health attainments among youth and young adults, and the association between socioeconomic segregation and infant health. Her research has been published in Social Forces, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science Research, Sociological Methodology, and more. Her research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the University of Michigan’s Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities, and Stanford University’s Center on Poverty and Inequality.
Dr. Armstrong has research interests in public health, the history and sociology of medicine, social determinants of health, and medical ethics. She is the author of Conceiving Risk, Bearing Responsibility: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Diagnosis of Moral Disorder (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) and articles on family planning, medical mistakes, adolescent motherhood, and the sociology of pregnancy and birth. Her current research includes a longitudinal study of agenda setting around disease in the U.S. and a study of fetal personhood and obstetrical ethics. She holds a joint appointment in the department of sociology and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and is a faculty associate at both the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing there. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 1998-2000. She has a M.P.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Bail received his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in 2011. His primary interests include political and cultural sociology, civil society organizations, and mixed-method research. His book entitled, Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream was published by Princeton University Press in 2015. While in the Program, he studied the role of emotions in health communication using an innovative research design that mines information about the behavior of hundreds of millions of people using a Facebook app. He is the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke University.
Dr. Barber is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology, and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, at the University of Michigan. Her research is at the intersection of family sociology, demography, and social psychology, with a focus on teen pregnancy. She recently completed a data collection project on 1,000 18- and 19-year-old women, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The "Relationship Dynamics and Social Life" project included weekly surveys for 2.5 years, along with semi-structured interviews, observation, and administrative data, in order to explore the types of attitudes, relationships, and contraceptive practices that produce early and/or unintended pregnancies. She also currently holds a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship, a mid-career opportunity to immerse herself in a practice setting – she is spending time at a teen pregnancy prevention center in Detroit, as well as Planned Parenthood. She is currently working on a proposal to implement a fractional factorial design, coupled with intensive longitudinal data collection, to evaluate a web-based intervention aimed at increasing contraceptive use and reducing teen pregnancy.