Current Scholar Profiles

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Harvard University

Dr. Bloch Rubin received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014.  She studies American politics, with a substantive focus on legislative institutions, political parties, and American political development.  Combining archival and interview data, her in-progress book manuscript explores how divisions within political parties drive congressional development and structure lawmaking.  Specifically, she shows how rank-and-file lawmakers have relied on intraparty organizations to overcome key collective action and coordination problems in order to challenge their leadership for legislative control.  As a Scholar, she is working on a project that examines Congress’s provision of health services to American Indians in the early nineteenth century.  After completing the program, she will join the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago as an assistant professor.  

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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 community violence and mental health, and a set of papers assessing the adaptation of second-generation immigrants in Europe. He will begin his appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in fall 2016.                

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Harvard University

Dr. Goldstein received his PhD in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. He is an economic sociologist with interests in finance, economic risk, and social inequality. His current research focuses on institutional change and social stratification in health insurance markets. Upon completing the program, he will assume a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton.

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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.

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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 politics of public policy.  His RWJF research examines the political causes and consequences of state-level implementation decisions under the Affordable Care Act, particularly the Medicaid expansion.

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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 include the fields of health policy, mass imprisonment, and political sociology.  He is completing a book manuscript examining 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.  In the Program, Armando is pursuing a project on the social construction of medical prices.  After completing the Program, he will assume a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. 
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Harvard University

Dr. Sacarny holds a PhD in Economics from MIT. His dissertation focused on the distribution and determinants of health care productivity, with a particular emphasis on payment policy. This research utilized approaches from industrial organization and labor economics and applied them to the health care sector. He is currently working on two randomized evaluations: one studying an attempt to reduce fraud and abuse in Medicare Part D with informative letters, and the other studying the effect of sending information about insurance plans to ACA exchange enrollees. 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.

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University of California, Berkeley/UCSF

Dr. Sadin completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, focusing on political behavior, experimental methods and inequality. Meredith's research explores the ways in which attitudes towards the rich are consequential for policy preferences and candidate choice. Her more recent work on health policy examines the ways in which partisanship, information, and personal experience interact to affect insurance take-up, specific perceptions of the ACA, broader attitudes toward government and politics, and patterns of political participation. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and her work has been published in Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, and Public Opinion Quarterly