Sociology of Organizations - Institutional theory

Carol A. Caronna Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice
Towson University, Towson, MD

Dr. Caronna received a PhD and an A.M. in sociology from Stanford University and a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She is the co-author of Institutional Theory and Healthcare Organizations: From Professional Dominance to Managed Care (2000, University of Chicago Press) and has published research articles in Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science and Medicine, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations. She also has contributed chapters on acute care and the organization of medical care to the 8th, 9th, and 10th editions of the best-selling public health textbook, Jonas & Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States (Springer). She is also active in the scholarship of teaching and has published syllabi and course materials in four American Sociology Association teaching resource guides. These publications include her course designs for each of her upper level courses at Towson (Organizations and Society, Work and Occupations, and Sociology of Gender).

Discipline: Sociology
		

Brian A. Gifford Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Director, Research and Measurement
Integrated Benefits Institute, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Gifford received his PhD in Sociology from New York University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from University of California - Berkeley. He researches workforce health, performance, absence, and disability leaves for the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. He has been a lead or contributing author on peer-reviewed and Institute-published studies on topics such as employees’ decisions about working during spells of illness, disability leave costs for acute coronary syndromes and venous thromboembolism, health risks and sick day absences, how CFOs use information to make decisions about their organizations’ healthcare and wellness benefits, and the links between FMLA and paid disability leaves. His prior appointment was as a social scientist with the RAND Corporation.

Discipline: Sociology