Current Scholar Profiles

Cohort 21
Harvard University

Dr. Bloch-Rubin received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. She studies partisan organizations and legislative institutions in the United States. Her dissertation examines the development of organized blocs within congressional parties, with the aim of understanding why these intraparty organizations form and how they impact the legislative process. As a Scholar, she will explore Congressional efforts to improve the health of historically marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Cohort 20
University of Michigan

Dr. Carey received her Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2013.  Her research focuses on federal regulation of health insurance markets.  Her dissertation analyzed how risk adjustment in Medicare Part D affects the strategic behavior of insurers and pharmaceutical firms.  Colleen served as a Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in 2011 and 2012.  After completing the Scholars Program, she will join the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University as an assistant professor.  

Cohort 20
University of California, Berkeley/UCSF

Dr. Czaja received her Ph.D. in politics and social policy from Princeton University in July 2013. Her primary research interests are in political psychology, inequality, and group politics in the United States. In her dissertation, she explored the relationships among empathy, sympathy, and public opinion change regarding policies that affect marginalized groups. In her ongoing research of the role of emotion in politics, she is investigating the effects of empathy on public opinion about gun violence and related laws.

Cohort 21
University of Michigan
Dr. Flores received his Ph.D. in sociology and social policy from Princeton University in 2014. His primary research interests are in the fields of international migration, race and ethnicity, and social stratification. His dissertation examined the social consequences of subnational restrictionist immigration policies in the U.S. using administrative, ethnographic, and social media data. Dr. Flores’s current research projects include an experimental study of the consequences of interracial relationships, an investigation on the relationship between gun ownership and crime, and a set of papers assessing the adaptation of second-generation immigrants in Europe.                             
Cohort 20
University of Michigan

Dr. Gaddis received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.  His primary research interests include the sociology of education, education policy, higher education, and racial/ethnic inequality.  His dissertation examined the effects of educational credentials and prevalence of discrimination in the labor market using an experimental research design known as an audit study.  As a Scholar, he will study mental health and academic achievement among college students with a particular focus on the effects of institutional factors and policies.  After completing the program, he will join the Department of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor.

Cohort 21
Harvard University

Dr. Goldstein received his PhD in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. His research focuses on the economic sociology of financial capitalism in the contemporary United States. His dissertation examines how labor market insecurity and growing inequality have shaped households’ incorporation into financial markets since the 1980s. Upon completing the program, he will assume a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton.

Cohort 21
University of California, Berkeley/UCSF

Dr. Goodman-Bacon holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the health and social policy reforms of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society.  His work combines historical data collection methods with econometric program evaluation techniques to provide new evidence on the effects of these policy changes of program participation and health.  Current research includes an evaluation of the mortality effects of the original introduction of Medicaid and of the Community Health Center program, and projects that describe the determinants of participation in transfer programs in the 1960s and 1970s.  After completing the Program he will assume a position as Assistant Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University.

Cohort 21
University of Michigan

Dr. Hair received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2014. Her primary research interests are in the fields of public economics and health economics. Her recent research considers the economic costs associated with chronic illness and disability, in particular the spillover effects an individual’s poor health status may have on the human capital and labor market outcomes of co-residential family members. Ongoing work examines the potentially heterogeneous effects of insurance coverage for individuals from diverse populations and backgrounds.

Cohort 21
University of Michigan

Dr. Haselswerdt earned a Ph.D. in political science from The George Washington University in 2014 and is currently on leave from the University of Missouri, where he will begin work as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and the Truman School of Public Affairs in 2016.  His research focuses on the interaction between politics and public policy.  Specifically, his dissertation research examined the political causes and consequences of tax breaks, which make up a significant portion of American social and economic policy.  His work includes both studies of legislative decision-making and experimental work on public opinion.  He is currently working on tax issues in the office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.

Cohort 21
University of California, Berkeley/UCSF
Dr. Lara-Millan received a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University in 2013.  Armando is an ethnographer and historical sociologist.  His research interests are in the fields of health, mass imprisonment, and political sociology.  He is completing a book manuscript on how overwhelmed public institutions like public hospitals and county jails are able to, despite disastrous underfunding, provide services to large numbers of people and create an illusion of policy success.  After completing the program, he will assume a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. 
Cohort 20
University of Michigan

Dr. McGrath holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa and is currently on leave from George Mason University, where he is an Assistant Professor of Government and Politics in the Department of Public and International Affairs. Dr. McGrath is generally interested in how the structure of formal governmental institutions serves to constrain and shape policy choices by key actors. In particular, he is currently interested in issues related to inter-branch bargaining between executives and legislatures, such as policy-motivated legislative oversight of bureaucracy and the politics of budget formation at the state and national levels.  

Cohort 20
University of California, Berkeley/UCSF

Dr. McKay received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. Her primary research interests are in the fields of medical sociology and sexualities. Her dissertation was a cross-national, mixed-methods study of the global policy response to AIDS focusing on how new priorities emerge and are diffused throughout the global system. Dr. McKay’s current research examines the spillover effects of uninsurance and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on community structure and functioning in California.

Cohort 20
Harvard University

Dr. Navon holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University. He received a degree in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh before coming to Columbia in 2006 and developing research and teaching interests in the sociology of science and medicine, historical sociology and social theory. His ongoing research uses comparative-historical methods, citation analysis and fieldwork to study the way that genetics is reshaping medical classification. It shows how the discovery of genetic mutations can lead to the delineation of new disease categories, even when they lack clinical coherence, and be mobilized by experts and advocates as both new forms of illness and privileged sites of biomedical knowledge production.

Cohort 20
University of California, Berkeley/UCSF

Dr. Niedzwiecki received his Ph.D. in economics from UC San Diego in 2013. His research is focused on public economics and health economics, with a particular interest in the effects of the U.S. income tax code on the demand for health insurance and health care. His dissertation examined the effect of public insurance expansions on the demand for hospital care and also the effect of income on health and the demand for health insurance and health care, especially among low-income populations. His current research looks at the health effects of non-health social programs, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the effect of financial incentives for meeting quality metrics on hospital behavior and patient outcomes.

Cohort 21
Harvard University

Dr. Sacarny holds a PhD in Economics from MIT. His dissertation focuses on the distribution and determinants of health care productivity, with a particular emphasis on payment policy. His research utilizes approaches from industrial organization and labor economics and applies them to the health care sector. In the future, he looks forward to studying Medicaid managed care and long-term care. After completing the Program, he will begin a position as Assistant Professor in the Health Policy and Management Department of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Cohort 21
University of California, Berkeley/UCSF

Dr. Sadin received a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University and was a scholar in the Joint Degree Program in Social Policy. Her research focuses on political behavior, political psychology, experimental methods and social and economic inequality. Meredith's research explores the ways in which citizens use social class stereotypes about the rich in forming their policy preferences, selecting candidates, and making political decisions. Her recent experimental work uses a set of nationally representative survey experiments and a field experiment from the 2012 presidential campaign to examine the manner in which candidates’ social class backgrounds affect voters’ evaluations. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Meredith has also served as a Senior Analyst for the Analyst Institute, a clearinghouse for evidence-based best practices in progressive voter contact. In 2012, she worked as an Experimental Analyst in the Analytics Department (or "The Cave") at Obama for America's Campaign Headquarters.

Cohort 20
Harvard University

Dr. Staszak received a Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University in 2010 and is currently on leave from The City College of New York—CUNY, where she is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department.  Her research interests include public law, policy, and American political development.  Her book, No Day in Court: The Politics of Judicial Retrenchment (forthcoming 2014) examines the politics and implications of efforts to constrain access to courts and the legal system as they have unfolded in the years since the expansions of the civil rights era.  As a Scholar, she is beginning a project on litigation in the area of mental health and disability, examining the politics and consequences of relying on courts and judges to enforce rights guarantees.  Her other ongoing research projects focus on the politics of bureaucratic rulemaking and the development of legal services for the poor in the United States.

Cohort 20
Harvard University

Dr. Veazey Brooks holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a Masters of Bioethics, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests focus on the sociology of work and professions and the sociology of health care. She has a continued interest in medical education and training, including the development of occupational and professional identities. Current research examines the role of culture in quality improvement initiatives and the impact of the transformation of primary care medicine delivery on trainees.