Political Science

James Morone

James Morone is a professor of political science at Brown University and director of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy. He grew up in Rio de Janeiro and New York, received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Morone has been on the faculty of The University of Chicago, Yale University, and the University of Bremen. The Brown University classes of 1993, 1999 and 2001 voted him the Barrett Hazeltine Citation as the teacher that most inspired them.

Thomas Oliver

Thomas R. Oliver, PhD is a professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He also serves as the director of the UW Master of Public Health Program and principal investigator the Wisconsin Center for Public Health Education and Training. He is a faculty affiliate with the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. Previously, Dr. Oliver had served as professor and director of the MHS in Health Policy Program at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Eric Patashnik

Eric M. Patashnik is the Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Political Science, and Incoming Director of the Public Policy Program at Brown University. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted (Princeton University Press, 2008). Patashnik is also the author of Putting Trust in the U.S. Budget: Federal Trust Funds and the Politics of Commitment (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and co-editor (with Alan S.

Mark Peterson

Mark A. Peterson is the chair of the Department of Public Policy and a professor of public policy, political science, and law at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs. He previously held faculty appointments at Harvard University, including as the Henry LaBarre Jayne Associate Professor of Government, and the University of Pittsburgh, with joint appointments in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Department of Political Science, and Graduate School of Public Health.

Alice Sardell

Associate professor Alice Sardell, a political scientist, is the center of the Department of Urban Studies' health policy concentration at CUNY/Queens College. She has been actively publishing on health issues for many years. Her book, The United States Experiment in Social Medicine: The Community Health Center Program, 1965-1986, is the definitive history of one of this country's major innovations in urban health care delivery.

Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology in the department of sociology at Harvard University. From 2005-2007, she served as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and from 2000-2006 she was director of the Center for American Political Studies. Her research focuses on the politics of U.S. social policies, and on changing patterns of civic engagement in American democracy.

Michael Sparer

Michael S. Sparer is a professor and chair of the department of health policy and management at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He received a Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University and a J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law (Newark). Sparer spent seven years as a litigator for the New York City Law Department, specializing in intergovernmental social welfare litigation. He now studies and writes about the politics of health care with an emphasis on the state and local role in the American health care system.

Deborah Stone

Deborah Stone is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at Heller School  for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She will be at Brandeis through the 2018 academic year, returning as a research professor of government at Dartmouth College. She taught politics and public policy for 25 years at Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University, where she held the Pokross Chair in Law and Social Policy until 1999.

Frank Thompson

Frank J. Thompson is a distinguished professor of public affairs and administration at Rutgers University-Newark and at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy in New Brunswick. Professor Thompson has served as fellow with the U.S. Public Health Service and published extensively on issues of health policy and its implementation. He has focused particular attention on issues of federalism and health care policy, participating in several funded projects related to this subject at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York.

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).