National Advisory Committee

National Advisory Committee

Throughout the Program’s lifespan, the National Advisory Committee (NAC) played multiple advisory roles: it counseled RWJF and the NPO on Program policy matters, helped to monitor progress at the sites, and provided valuable research guidance to Scholars at the annual meetings.  Its most indispensable role, though, was to engage in extraordinarily lively and collegial discussion during the Scholar selection process in which it aided the sites and the NPO to determine which candidates were the strongest and best suited for the Program.

 

Prior to the NAC’s formation in 1993, a five-member Steering Committee composed of prominent social scientists involved in health policy research was appointed to aid RWJF staff in designing the program.  The five-member committee included Stuart Altman of Brandeis University (economics), Judith Feder of Georgetown University (political science), Rashi Fein of Harvard Medical School (economics), Howard Freeman of UCLA (sociology), and James Morone of Brown University (political science).  Several of these individuals later became members of the NAC.

 

The NAC was led by three eminent scholars over time: Donald Kennedy, former president, Stanford University (1993 – 1994); Rashi Fein, Professor of the Economics of Medicine, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School (1994 – 2002); and Mark Peterson, Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, University of California, Los Angeles (2002 – 2016).  Between 1992 and 2016, forty-six distinguished scholars served on either the NAC or its predecessor, the Steering Committee.

 

Member Dicipline Years of Service
Stuart Altman Economics 1992 - 1997
Judith Feder Political Science 1992 - 1993
Rashi Fein* Economics 1992 - 2002
Howard Freeman Sociology 1992
James Morone Political Science 1993 - 2013
Henry Aaron Economics 1993 - 1997
Lawrence Brown Political Science 1993 - 1997
Ann Barry Flood Sociology 1993 - 1997
Marsha Gold Health Policy 1993 - 1997
Donald Kennedy Medicine 1993 - 1994
Harold Luft Economics 1993
David Mechanic Sociology 1993 - 2012
Mark Peterson Political Science 1993 - 2016
Frank Sloan Economics 1993 - 1997
Gail Wilensky Economics 1993 - 1997
Mary Ruggie Sociology 1994 - 2002
Theda Skocpol Political Science & Sociology 1994 - 2002
Walter Allen Sociology 1997 - 2001
Jennifer Hochschild Political Science 1997 - 2000
Mark Pauly Economics 1997 - 2012
Jill Quadagno Sociology 1997 - 2002
Harvey Rosen Economics 1997 - 1999
Robert Valdez Health Policy 1997 - 2002
Barbara Wolfe Economics 1997 - 2016
Alan Garber Economics & Medicine 1998 - 2005
Ronald Angel Sociology 2002 - 2005
Cathy Cohen Political Science 2002 - 2007
Karen Cook Sociology 2002 - 2016
William Evans Economics 2002 - 2011
Robert Hauser Sociology 2002 - 2010
Barbara Sinclair Political Science 2002 - 2011
Lawrence Bobo Sociology 2005 - 2007
Dora Costa Economics 2005 - 2007
Dianne Pinderhughes Political Science 2008 - 2016
Alejandro Portes Sociology 2008 - 2011
Cecilia Rouse Economics 2008 - 2009
Kerwin Charles Economics 2009 - 2013
David Pellow Sociology 2010 - 2016
Andrea Campbell Political Science 2011 - 2016
Hilary Hoynes Economics 2011 - 2013
Rubén Rumbaut Sociology 2011 - 2016
Deborah Carr Sociology 2012 - 2016
Laurence Baker Economics 2013 - 2016
Eric Patashnik Political Science 2013 - 2016
Kosali Simon Economics 2013 - 2016

 

*After stepping down as NAC chair in 2002 when Harvard University joined the Program as a training site, Rashi Fein was appointed chair emeritus.  Professor Fein was a much beloved figure who gave generously of his time and counsel and who regaled Scholars with pithy stories and insightful lessons regarding health policy, economics, and medicine.  Hedied in 2014 and was memorialized at the Program’s 2015 annual meeting in the following video:

In Memoriam - Rashi Fein