Jeanne Altmann is the Eugene Higgins Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Faculty Associate of the Office of Population Research and the Princeton Environmental Institute. She is interested in the relationship between life histories—including survival and reproductive success, behavior—individual, family, and more broad social group, and the physical environment on the one hand and physiology on the other. Her empirical research on behavior, demography, and ecology has focused for 40 years on a population of wild nonhuman primates, baboons, in an arid and highly seasonal savannah environment in southern Kenya where data collection has been primarily observational for seven generations of individually identified animals. Starting in 2000, physiological samples have been extracted from field-collected fecal samples on these individuals to enable the Amboseli Baboon Research Project to get ‘under the skin’ by evaluating metabolites of steroid hormones. A major focus of Jeanne’s recent and ongoing research is to evaluate the relationship between events early in life and early in adulthood and subsequent patterns of aging. Jeanne is a member of several national and international scientific advisory committees and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the US National Academy of Science.
Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong
Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong has research interests in public health, the history and sociology of medicine, reproductive and maternal health policy, social determinants of health, and medical ethics. Her forthcoming book investigates how the fetus came to be viewed as a person, in law, medicine, politics and culture. In addition to this new work, Armstrong has also written: Conceiving Risk, Bearing Responsibility: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Diagnosis of Moral Disorder (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) as well as many articles on family planning, medical mistakes, adolescent motherhood, obstetrical views of risk and risk management, and the sociology of pregnancy and birth. Her current research includes a longitudinal study of agenda setting around disease in the United States, a web-based study of the public’s knowledge, beliefs and attitudes about the risk of drinking during pregnancy, and a study of fetal personhood and obstetrical ethics. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Woodrow Wilson School and is a faculty associate at the Office of Population Research. She is faculty director of the Health and Health Policy Certificate. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 1998-2000. M.P.A. Princeton University; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania.
João Biehl is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Program in Global Health and Health Policy. He is the author of Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment (2005) and of Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival (2007). He is also co-edited the book Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations (2007). Vita garnered six book awards, including the 2007 Margaret Mead Award. Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2001, Biehl was a NIMH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. He earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley (1999) and a Ph.D. in religion from the Graduate Theological Union (1996). He earned undergraduate degrees in theology and journalism and a master’s degree in philosophy from academic institutions in Brazil. Biehl was a member of the School of Social Science and of the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study and a visiting professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. He has recently been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his next book project—The Valley of Lamentation: Spirituality and War in a German Community in 19th Century Brazil. Biehl is also the recipient of a Global Health and Infectious Disease grant of Princeton’s Grand Challenges Initiative. He is leading a new research and teaching project on the aftermath of large-scale drug rollouts in resource-poor settings in Latin America and Africa (with a focus on drug resistance and access to second-line treatments and on judicial claims to high-cost medicines). Professor Biehl received Princeton’s Presidential Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.
Anne Case is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. Her current research interests are in the microeconomic foundations of development and health economics. She is researching a variety of aspects of the determinants of health both in the US and in developing countries, with a special focus on South Africa. Her latest work investigates causes and consequences of the AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. Case is the Director of the Research Program in Development Studies at Princeton. She is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Board Member of the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research. She is a member of the Economic Reference Group for UNAIDS, and an external member of the Research Committee of the World Bank. Ph.D. Princeton University.
Jonathan Cohen is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology. His current research focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying cognitive control, and their disturbance in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. This research includes both theoretical work and empirical work done in Cohen’s lab at Princeton University. Cohen is the founding director of both the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the Center for the Study of Mind, Brain and Behavior at Princeton University. He holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. Before coming to Princeton in 1998 he held joint appointments at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. He has retained his appointment at Pittsburgh and continues to do some clinical research there. M.D. University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University.
Angela Creager is Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History who specializes in the history of the modern life sciences, especially biomedical research. Her forthcoming book, Life Atomic, examines the production and wide-ranging uses of radioisotopes in biology and medicine. She is the author of The Life of a Virus: Tobacco Mosaic Virus as an Experimental Model, 1930-1965 (Chicago, 2002) and co-editor of three books. Her most recent scholarship focuses on the detection and regulation of environmental carcinogens from the 1960s through the 1980s. Professor Creager is a faculty member of the Program in History of Science and is also affiliated with the Program in the Gender and Sexuality Studies. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1991.
Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing
Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
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Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has served on several National Academy of Sciences panels including the Committee on Population, and was elected Vice President of the American Economic Association in 2010. She has also served as a consultant for the National Health Interview Survey and the National Longitudinal Surveys, and on the advisory board of the National Children's Study. She is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, an affiliate of the University of Michigan's National Poverty Center, and an affiliate of IZA in Bonn. She is the Editor of the Journal of Economic Literature and on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has also served several other journals in an editorial capacity including the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics.
Her research focuses on the health and wellbeing of children. She has written about early intervention programs, programs to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programs. Much of this research is summarized in "The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation's Poor Children and Families." Princeton University Press. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in child health, and on environmental threats to children's health from sources such as toxic pollutants.
Professor of Economics and International Affairs
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Angus Deaton is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University. His main areas of interest are in health, wellbeing and economic development. His current research focuses on national and international patterns of wellbeing, on mortality and morbidity, and on poverty and inequality in the world. He has taught at Cambridge University and at the University of Bristol. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the British Academy, of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of the Econometric Society, and was the first recipient of the Society's Frisch Medal for Applied Econometrics. He was President of the American Economic Association in 2009. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Rome (Tor Vergata), University College, London, the University of St Andrews, and the University of Edinburgh. He is an honorary fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Ph.D. Cambridge University.
Marc Fleurbaey is Robert E. Kuenne Professor of Economics and Humanistic Studies, Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. He has been an economist at INSEE (Paris), a professor of economics at the Universities of Cergy-Pontoise and Pau (France), and a research director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. He has also been a Lachmann Fellow and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, a research associate at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve) and the Institute for Public Economics (IDEP, Marseilles), and a visiting researcher at Oxford. He is a former editor of the journal Economics and Philosophy and is the coordinating editor of Social Choice and Welfare. He is the author of Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare (2008), a co-author of A Theory of Fairness and Social Welfare (with François Maniquet, 2011), and the coeditor of several books, including Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism: Themes from Harsanyi and Rawls (with Maurice Salles and John Weymark, 2008). His research on normative and public economics and theories of distributive justice has focused in particular on the analysis of equality of opportunity and responsibility-sensitive egalitarianism, on seeking solutions to impossibilities of social choice theory, on measuring well-being and social welfare, as well as exploring the notion of equity in health and health care, and in climate policies.
Thomas Fujiwara is an Assistant Professor of Economics. His main research interest is the provision of health care and other public services in developing countries. His recent research examined how improved political participation by disadvantaged citizens affected access to health care services and infant health in Brazil. He also has interest in political economy and the economics of trust and social capital. B.A. and M.A., Economics, University of São Paulo. Ph.D., Economics, University of British Columbia.
A specialist in demography and epidemiology, Goldman’s current research examines the role of social and economic factors on adult health and the physiological pathways through which these factors operate. She has designed several large-scale surveys, including the EGSF in Guatemala, focused on the determinants of illness and health care choices for women and children in rural areas, and an ongoing data collection effort SEBAS in Taiwan, focused on the linkages among the social environment, stress, physiological function, and health among older persons. She has also been conducting research on disparities in health by social and immigrant status among Hispanics. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a member of numerous committees of the IOM, NAS, and NIH, including the Board on Global Health, the Committee on National Statistics, and the NICHD Population Research Subcommittee. She has also served in various capacities of the Population Association of America and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, including a newly developed committee on the use of biomarkers in demographic research.
Andrea L. Graham is an evolutionary ecologist whose research focuses on host-parasite interactions. She particularly aims to understand heterogeneity among hosts in their susceptibility to infectious and inflammatory diseases, as well as heterogeneity among parasites in their strategies for host exploitation. For example, Graham investigates how co-infection, host condition, and the costs and benefits of cytokine and antibody responses affect host health and parasite transmission. Graham received a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship and a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship while working at the University of Edinburgh, and she moved to Princeton full-time in 2011. A.B., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D., Cornell University.
Bryan Grenfell is Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Public Affairs, and Director of the Health Grand Challenge Initiative. He is interested in the interface between theoretical models and empirical data in population biology. Grenfell is a population biologist (jointly appointed in EEB and WWS). He focuses in particular on the dynamics and control of infectious diseases in space and time. He combines the development of theory with analyses of empirical data sets from a range of diseases, including measles, rotavirus and influenza. Originally trained as a zoologist, Grenfell has worked on the dynamics of epidemics since 1980. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Katja Guenther is Assistant Professor in the History Department specializing in the history of modern medicine, especially of the mind and brain. She has published articles on the history of psychoanalysis, neurology, and medical therapy. She has co-edited and translated into English Sigmund Freud’s 1882 manuscript “Critical Introduction to Neuropathology.” Guenther’s first book is a dual history of psychoanalysis and the neuro disciplines, and she is working on a new project on the use of mirrors in the history of the mind and brain sciences. Professor Guenther teaches courses on the history of medicine and the body, the history of disease, and the history of psychiatry, psychoanalysis and modern neuroscience. M.D. 2003 University of Cologne, Ph.D. 2009 Harvard University.
Jeff Hammer is the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in Economic Development. He came to the Woodrow Wilson School after 25 years at the World Bank where he held various positions related to public economics, the last three in the New Delhi Office where he worked on decentralization and community development projects in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. His research interests include economic development, public economics and health in poor countries, particularly in Asia and Africa and more particularly in South Asia. Current research is on the quality of medical care in India, absenteeism of teachers and health workers, determinants of health status and improving service delivery through better accountability mechanisms. He has written extensively on these subjects. For example, an article titled “The Quality of Medical Advice in Low-Income Countries” (with Jishnu Das and Kenneth Leonard) was published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He teaches courses on Economic Development and the Economics of Health Policy in Developing Countries. Ph.D, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Johannes Haushofer is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs in the Department of Psychology and the Woodrow Wilson School. His research interests lie at the intersection of neurobiology, behavioral economics, and development economics. His research asks whether poverty has particular psychological and neurobiological consequences, and whether these consequences, in turn, affect economic behavior. To answer these questions, he combines laboratory experiments with randomized controlled trials of development programs such as health insurance and unconditional cash transfers in Kenya and Sierra Leone. In 2011 Johannes started the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, a research facility for behavioral economics studies with respondents from the Nairobi informal settlements. Johannes has a BA in Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy from Oxford, a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard, a PhD in Economics from Zurich, and was most recently a Prize Fellow in Economics at Harvard and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT.
Director, State Health Reform Assistance Network
Lecturer, Woodrow Wilson School
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Heather Howard is the Director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network (State Network), a program housed within the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) that provides technical assistance to states in order to maximize coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She is also a lecturer in public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) and a faculty affiliate at CHW. Howard brings a wealth of experience in both federal and state government to the State Network and the WWS. She most recently served as the commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Health and Senior Services, a cabinet level agency with a budget of approximately $3.5 billion. There she was responsible for oversight of public health services, regulation of health care institutions, hospital financing, senior services and health care policy and research. Her prior public policy experience includes work in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Domestic Policy Council at the White House, and the Health Care Task Force within the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Justice Department. Howard received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Dr. Laura H. Kahn, a physician, is a research scholar with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
A native of California, Dr. Kahn holds a B.S. degree in nursing from UCLA, an M.D. from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University. Before joining the Princeton University staff, she was a managing physician for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and a medical officer for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Kahn is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is a recipient of the New Jersey Chapter’s Laureate Award.In September 2009, she published “Who’s in Charge? Leadership During Epidemics, Bioterror Attacks, and other Public Health Crises.” She is a monthly online columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (http://www.thebulletin.org) and is a founding member of the One Health Initiative (http://www.onehealthinitiative.com), a global effort to integrate human, animal, and environmental health. Her current research interests include: the political aspects of antimicrobial resistance, dual use biotechnology risks, and strategies to implement One Health.
Daniel Kahneman is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University, and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Kahneman’s research focuses on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, behavioral economics and hedonic psychology. Formerly a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, a fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Kahneman is a member of the National Academy of Science, the Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Econometric Society. He has been the recipient of many awards, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (1982) and the Grawemeyer Prize (2002), both jointly with Amos Tversky, the Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (1995), the Hilgard Award for Career Contributions to General Psychology (1995), and the 2002 Nobel Prize in economic sciences, and the Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (2007). He holds honorary degrees from numerous Universities.
Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
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Alan Krueger is the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. He has published widely on the economics of education, terrorism, labor demand, income distribution, social insurance, labor market regulation and environmental economics. He is the founding Director of the Princeton University Survey Research Center and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Krueger is the author of numerous articles and has served as editor for many economic journals. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Russell Sage Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the American Institutes for Research. In 1994-95 he served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the International /Economic Association and serves as chief economist for the National Council on Economic Education. Krueger has received numerous fellowships and awards including being awarded the Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1997, the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal by the Indian Econometric Society in 2001 and the IZA Prize in Labor Economics with David Card in 2006. From May 2009-present, he has served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury. B.S., Cornell: A.M., Harvard; Ph.D., Harvard.
Professor of Economics
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Ilyana Kuziemko is an economist who focuses on economic inequality. Her current interest is on how voters form preferences over redistributive policies. From 2009-2010, she took a public service leave to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Treasury. She worked primarily on the development and early implementation of the Affordable Care Act and has since published research on U.S. public health insurance programs, and in particular how they serve at-risk populations. A final area of interest is the U.S. criminal justice system. A.B., Economics, Harvard, B.A., Mathematics, Oxford; PhD., Economics, Harvard.
Sara McLanahan is the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She is a faculty associate of the Office of Population Research and the founder and director of the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. Dr. McLanahan’s research interests include family demography, poverty and inequality, and social policy. Her research focuses is on the causes and consequences of non-traditional family structures. Dr. McLanahan currently directs the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a nationally-representative longitudinal birth cohort study of approximately 5,000 families, including 3,700 unmarried parents and their children. The study is designed to shed light on the health and development of low-income children, the impact of family relationships and dynamics on child wellbeing, and the impact of social policies on family relationships and child wellbeing. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Future of Children, a journal dedicated to providing research and analysis to promote effective policies and programs for children. McLanahan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and currently serves on the boards of the Russell Sage and William T. Grant Foundations. She also serves on the National Advisory committee of the Robert Wood Johnson "Health and Society" Young Scholars Program and the National Poverty Center. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979.
Jessica Metcalf is an Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Public Policy, jointly appointed by WWS and EEB. She is particularly interested in the design and support of vaccination programs, with a focus on using existing data to develop locally tailored control strategies that reflect the shifting epidemiological and demographic landscape across the globe. Most of her research is based around rubella and measles, but she also works on a range of other infectious diseases, addressing issues including the evolution of drug resistance, and the challenges of disease elimination. An ecologist and evolutionary biologist by training, demographic analyses form the core of her research. She has served as technical adviser to WHO on the topic of rubella vaccination.
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
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Alexander Ploss held faculty appointments at the Rockefeller University in New York City before moving his lab to Princeton University where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology. He is also a Faculty Affiliate in the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and a member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. His research focuses on immune responses and pathogenesis to human infectious diseases, including hepatitis B (HBV) and C viruses (HCV), yellow fever virus, dengue virus and malaria. His group combines tissue and animal engineering and molecular virology/pathogenesis to create and apply innovative technologies including humanized mouse models for the study and intervention of human hepatotropic infections. In support and recognition of his work he received a Kimberly Lawrence Cancer Research Discovery Fund Award, the Astellas Young Investigator Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Liver Scholar Award of the American Liver Foundation. B.S and M.S., University of T übingen, Germany; Ph.D., Cornell University.
Uwe Reinhardt is the James Madison Professor of Political Economy. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care economics and has been a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since 1978. He is also a past president of the Association of Health Services Research. Reinhardt’s research interests include health policy and fiscal/monetary policy. From 1986 to 1995 he served as a commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Committee, established in 1986 by Congress to advise it on issues related to the payment of physicians. He is a senior associate of the Judge Institute for Management of Cambridge University, UK, and a trustee of Duke University, and the Duke University Health System. Reinhardt is or was a member of numerous editorial boards, among them the Journal of Health Economics, the Milbank Memorial Quarterly, Health Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Ph.D. Yale University.
Senior Molecular Biologist
Lecturer with the rank of Professor in Molecular Biology
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Leon Rosenberg is Senior Molecular Biologist and Lecturer with the rank of Professor in Molecular Biology. His research is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the national enterprise that supports life sciences and medical research. He is currently studying the decline in “physician-scientists” and what has caused this change in the last several decade and how policy can be used to encourage more young physicians to become scientists. Before joining Princeton, Leon Rosenberg served Bristol-Myers Squibb as President of the Pharmaceutical Research Institute from 1991 to 1997, and as Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs until February of 1998. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dr. Rosenberg was Dean of the Yale University School of Medicine, a position he had held since 1984. Dr. Rosenberg currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, the Association for Patient-Oriented Research, Karo Bio AB, Medicines for Malaria Venture, and Hana Biosciences, Inc. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.
Matthew Salganik is Professor in the Department of Sociology. His research interests include social networks, quantitative methods, and computational social science. One main area of his research has focused on developing network-based statistical methods for studying populations most at risk for HIV/AIDS. A second main area of work has been using the World Wide Web to collect and analyze social data in innovative ways. Ph.D. Columbia University.
Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
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Eldar Shafir is the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs. Trained as a cognitive scientist, his work focuses on descriptive analyses of judgment and decision making and on issues related to behavioral economics. Most recently, his interests have focused on decision making in the context of poverty and on the application of behavioral research to public policy. He is Past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, a member of the Russell Sage Foundation Behavioral Economics Roundtable, and a Fellow of the Filene Institute, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is a research affiliate of Innovations for Poverty Action, and co-founder and director of Ideas42, a social science R&D lab. He has held a number of visiting positions, among others at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, the Kennedy School of Government, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Hebrew University Institute for Advanced Studies, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. He has received several awards, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship. In January 2012, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He received his B.A. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Thomas E. Shenk, PHD, is the James A. Elkins Professor of Life Sciences in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, and Co-Director of the Program in Global Health and Health Policy. He is a virologist, who has investigated gene functions and pathogenesis of adenovirus, a DNA tumor virus, and, more recently, human cytomegalovirus, a member of the herpes family of viruses. Cytomegalovirus is the leading known infectious cause of birth defects, it is responsible for significant morbidity in people who become immunosuppressed, and there is suggestive evidence that it contributes to certain cancers and immune senescence. His laboratory’s current areas of focus include the use of genetic and proteomic approaches for the dissection of cytomegalovirus gene functions and the cellular response to infection, as well as the development and analysis of models for study of viral latency. Professor Shenk is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and he is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Institute of Medicine. He is a past president of the American Society for Virology and the American Society for Microbiology, and he served on the board of directors of Merck & Company for 11 years. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, The Hepatitis B Foundation and Origen Therapeutics.
Lee Silver, PhD, is professor of Molecular Biology and Public Policy at Princeton University. He received a doctorate in biophysics from Harvard University (1973-1977), postdoctoral training in mammalian genetics at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1977-1980), and training in molecular biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (1980-1984). Lee was among the first scientists to integrate molecular technologies into formal genetic studies of complex developmental abnormalities in mice. He has published over 180 research articles in the fields of developmental genetics, molecular evolution, population genetics, behavioral genetics, and computer modeling.
Silver's 1995 book Mouse Genetics: Concepts and Applications, is still a primary resource for graduate students and post-docs. He is also coauthor, with Nobel Laureate Leland Hartwell and genomics pioneer Leroy Hood, of the advanced undergraduate textbook Genetics: From genes to genomes. Lee was elected to be a lifetime Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a recipient of an unsolicited National Institutes of Health MERIT award for outstanding research in genetics. He has also been elected to the governing boards of the Genetics Society of America and the International Mammalian Genome Society, and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the American Council on Science and Health, the Advisory Board of The Reason Project, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Systems Biology in Seattle.
Lee has authored two popular books – Challenging Nature (2006) and Remaking Eden (1997) – as well as essays in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek International. He has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs including the Charlie Rose Show, 20/20, 60 Minutes, PBS, NBC and ABC News, Nightline, the Steven Colbert Report, and NPR.
Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. At Princeton he holds the Stuart Chair in Communications and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School. He received the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and Bancroft Prize in American History for The Social Transformation of American Medicine and the 2005 Goldsmith Book Prize for The Creation of the Media. His most recent book is Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform (2011).
Professor Starr has written extensively on American society, politics, and public policy. In 1990, with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich, he co-founded The American Prospect, a liberal magazine about politics, policy, and ideas. He set out his interpretation of liberalism and its history in a 2007 book, Freedom's Power.
Another book by Professor Starr, The Logic of Health-Care Reform (1992, reissued in a revised and expanded edition in 1994) laid out the case for a system of universal health insurance and managed competition. During 1993 he served as a senior advisor at the White House in the formulation of the Clinton health plan.
Marta Tienda is the Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, and Director of the Program in Latino Studies. Formerly a professor of sociology and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Chicago and recent past president of the Population Association of America, Tienda is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy for Political and Social Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is trustee of the Jacobs Foundation and the Sloan Foundation and board member of TIAA. Her current research focuses on the welfare implications of late-age immigration to the United States and the social and economic consequences of child migration in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, and articles, including Hispanics and the Future of America (2006), Africa on the Move: African Migration and Urbanization in Comparative Perspective (2006), Ethnicity and Causal Mechanisms (2005), Youth in Cities (2003), The Color of Opportunity (2001), Divided Opportunities: Minorities, Poverty, and Social Policy (1988); and The Hispanic Population of the United States (1987). Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin.
Shirley M. Tilghman was elected Princeton University’s 19th president on May 5, 2001. An exceptional teacher and world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, she served on the Princeton faculty for 15 years before being named president. During her tenure the university expanded its undergraduate and graduate student bodies, and instituted a four-year college system. She oversaw the creation of major new academic programs, including the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Lewis Center for the Arts. Upon the completion of her term in June of 2013, she returned to the faculty.
During her scientific career as a mammalian developmental geneticist, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development. A member of the National Research Council’s committee that set the blueprint for the United States effort in the Human Genome Project, she also was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health. Tilghman was appointed an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1988, and in 1998 was named the founding director of Princeton’s multidisciplinary Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, The National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and The Royal Society of London. She serves as a trustee of Amherst College, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and as a director of Google Inc.
Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
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James Trussell is the Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs, and he is Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 scientific publications, primarily in the areas of reproductive health and demographic methodology. His recent research has been focused in three areas: emergency contraception, contraceptive failure, and the cost-effectiveness of contraception. He has actively promoted making emergency contraception more widely available as an important step in helping women reduce their risk of unintended pregnancy. He is a senior fellow at the Guttmacher Institute, a member of the National Medical Committee of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and a member of the Board of Directors of the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation and the Society of Family Planning. He serves on the editorial advisory committees of Contraception and Contraceptive Technology Update.
Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs
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Tom Vogl is an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs. His primary interests lie in the economics of health and population, particularly among the socially and economically disadvantaged. His recent research has examined the relationship between socioeconomic status and health over the lifecycle as well as the effects of childhood family structure on adult outcomes. In a separate line of work, he has studied racial politics in American cities. A.B. Princeton University; Ph.D. Harvard University.
Vice Dean, Woodrow Wilson School
Professor of History and Public Affairs
O 216 Dickinson Hall
Professor Keith Wailoo, Ph.D., is the Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs. He is an historian of medicine and the biomedical sciences. In July 2001, he joined the faculty of Rutgers University as Professor of History jointly appointed to the Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. Previously, he served nine years on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and one year as a visiting professor of the History of Science and Afro-American Studies at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Wailoo's first book, Drawing Blood: Technology and Disease Identity in Twentieth-Century American (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997) - exploring the benefits, pitfalls, and complexities associated with technology in 20th century hematology and medicine - received the 1997 Arthur Viseltear Award from the American Public Health Association. His most recent book, Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health (University of North Carolina Press, 2001) examines the disease's early 20th century invisibility, its gradual rise to clinical, scientific, and political prominence, and the changing socio-political significance into the era of managed care.
Professor Wailoo has taught courses on a wide range of topics, including: Pain, Medicine, and Society in America; Medicine, the Family, and the Politics of Child Health; Disease in Historical Perspective; 'Racial Health' and the American South; Genetics, Race, and Medicine; The Politics of Patienthood; and Medicine and Society in America.
In 1999 he received the prestigious James S. McDonnell Centennial Fellowship in the History of Science - a $1,000,000 award to examine the history of cancer, immunology, genetics, and pain in the biomedical sciences and in 20th century society. He has also received awards and grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Center for Human Genome Research (Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Program), and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.