Interest Groups

Daniel Carpenter

Daniel Carpenter is Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and Director of the Social Science Academic Ventures Program in the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1989 with distinction in Honors Government and received his doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago in 1996. He taught previously at Princeton University (1995-1998) and the University of Michigan (1998-2002). He joined the Harvard University faculty in 2002. Dr.

Virginia Gray

Virginia Gray, Ph.D., has been the Robert Watson Winston Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2001; prior to that she was professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. Her visiting appointments have included the University of British Columbia, University of Oslo, and Nankai University in Tianjin, China. She has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and held a study residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy. Dr.

Barron Lerner

Barron H. Lerner is the Angelica Berrie-Gold Foundation Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Lerner received his M.D. from Columbia in 1986 and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington in 1996. His latest book, When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine, was published October 2006 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

David Lowery

David Lowery is a professor at Pensylvania State University. Previously, he was the Thomas J. Pearsall Professor of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a professor at  the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Dr. Lowery received a B.A. from St. Anselm College in 1974, an M.P.A. from the University of Rhode Island in 1976, an M.A.

Matthew Nisbet

Matthew Nisbet is a social scientist who studies, writes, lectures, and consults on strategic communication in policy-making and public affairs. His current work focuses on controversies surrounding science, the environment, and public health. Nisbet is the author of more than 35 journal articles and book chapters, and he serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Press/Politics and Science Communication. His scholarship has been cited more than 400 times in the peer-reviewed literature and in more than 100 books.

Margaret Weir

Margaret M. Weir is a professor of sociology and political science and the Avice Saint Chair in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Weir has written widely on social policy and politics in the United States. She is the author of several books including, Schooling for All: Race, Class and the Decline of the Democratic Ideal (coauthored with Ira Katznelson, 1985); and Politics and Jobs: The Boundaries of Employment Policy in the United States (1992).