Mark A. Peterson

Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, Luskin School of Public Affairs
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Peterson is Chair of the National Advisory Committee. He is Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs, and the Chair the Department of Public Policy.  He is a faculty affiliate of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and Institute for Society & Genetics, on the faculty advisory committee for the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, and co-director the Policy Core for the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services. He previously held faculty appointments in Government at Harvard University and in International and Public Affairs, Political Science, and Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. His scholarship on American national institutions includes Legislating Together: The White House and Capitol Hill from Eisenhower to Reagan, Institutions of American Democracy: The Executive Branch (co-edited with Joel Aberbach), and Institutions of American Democracy: A Republic Divided (co-authored). In the domain of health care policy, his contributions include the edited volume, Healthy Markets? The New Competition in Medical Care; with Peter Hammer, Deborah Haas-Wilson, and William Sage, the edited volume Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care; and with Sue Tolleson-Rinehart the four-volume edited series, Health Politics and Policy.  Based on research supported by an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, Dr. Peterson is completing a book manuscript entitled, “Hardball Politics, Hobbled Policy:  Contexts, Choices, and Consequences in a Century of Health Reform.” He was Editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law from 1993 to 2002, a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a legislative assistant on health policy for U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, a member of the Study Panel on Medicare and Markets established by the National Academy of Social Insurance, a member of the Health Policy Advisory Committee for the 2008 Obama for President campaign, and was a founding core team member of the Blue Sky Health Initiative. He recently served as the President of the American Political Science Association Public Policy Section and was on the APSA Council, and is a founding member of the Association's Health Politics and Policy Section. He is the recipient of the E. E. Schattschneider Award, a Congressional Fellowship, and the Richard E. Neustadt Award for the Best Reference Book on the Presidency (with Joel Aberbach), all from the APSA. He also received the Pi Sigma Alpha Award from the Midwest Political Science Association; and is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He also chairs the National Advisory Committee for the RWJF Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program, and serves on the NACs for the RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program and the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.  At the University of California, he serves on the system-wide Academic Senate's Health Care Task Force and the Health Benefits Working Group in the UC Office of the President.  

Discipline: Political Science
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