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Ryan Moore (Cohort 18), PhD, RWJF Scholar in Health Policy Research, publishes an article on Adverse Selection and Switching Costs in Health Insurance Markets.(The article can be found here).

Benjamin Handel (Cohort 18), PhD, RWJF Scholar in Health Policy Research, publishes a paper on Assessment of the Mexican Universal Health Insurance Program.(The article can be found here).

Benjamin Handel (Cohort 18), PhD, RWJF Scholar in Health Policy Research, has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley.

Colin Moore (Cohort 16) is this year's recipient of the American Political Science Association's Walter Dean Burnham Award for the best dissertation in Politics and History for his work, "Institutions of Empire: Information, Delegation, and the Political Control of American Imperialism, 1880-1913."

Rene Almeling (Cohort 15) is the recipient of an Honorable Mention for the 2009 Viviana Zelizer Award from the American Sociology Association's Section on Economic Sociology for her article "Selling genes, selling gender: Egg agencies, sperm banks, and the medical market in genetic material" (American Sociological Review 72: 319-340, 2007). Dr. Almeling is a Scholar at the Program's Berkeley/UCSF site.

Eric McDaniel (Cohort 15) has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. McDaniel is currently a Scholar at the Program's Berkeley/UCSF site. He is the co-recipient of an Honorable Mention for the 2009 Political Research Quarterly Best Article Award (with co-author Christopher Ellison) from the Western Political Science Association for their June 2008 Political Research Quarterly Article: "God’s Party? Race, Religion, and Partisanship over Time."

Robert Mickey (Cohort 13) has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Anthony Chen (Cohort 12) has joined Northwestern University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Policy Research.

Alexandra Kalev (Cohort 12) has authored "Cracking the Glass Cages? Restructuring and Ascriptive Inequality at Work " (American Journal of Sociology, Volume 114, Number 6). Dr. Kalev is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona.

Christopher S. Parker (Cohort 12) has authored "Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South" (Princeton University Press, 2009); "When Politics Becomes Protest: Black Veterans and Political Activism in the Postwar South" (The Journal of Politics (2009), 71 : 113-131); "Symbolic vs. Blind Patriotism: Distinction Without Difference" (Political Research Quarterly, May 2009); and  "A Black Man in the White House: The Role of Racism and Patriotism in the 2008 Presidential Election" (Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race (2009), 6 : 193-217) with Mark Q. Sawyer and Christopher Towler. Dr. Parker is the Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington.

Karen Albright (Cohort 11) has been promoted to Director of Qualitative Research of the Colorado Health Outcomes Program in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Albright is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community & Behavioral Health in the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado.

Robert Van Houweling (Cohort 11) is the co-recipient of the Jack L. Walker, Jr. Award (with co-author Michael Tomz) from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the American Poliitical Science Association for their article:“Candidate Positioning and Voter Choice,” American Political Science Review 102 (3): 303–18". Dr. Van Houweling is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the University of California, Berkeley.

Mark Q. Sawyer (Cohort 10) has authored "A Black Man in the White House: The Role of Racism and Patriotism in the 2008 Presidential Election" (Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race (2009), 6 : 193-217) with Christopher S. Parker and Christopher Towler. Dr. Sawyer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jonathan Ketchum (Cohort 9) was awarded the Association of University Programs in Health Administration's (AUPHA) 2009 John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators in Health Services Research with Daniel Eisenberg. Dr. Ketcham is an Assistant Professor in the W.P. Carey School of Health Management and Policy at Arizona State University.

Karen Lutfey (Cohort 9) was awarded a Research Project Grant (R01) by the National Institute for Mental Health for her project entitled “How Does a Psychiatric Comorbidity (Schizophrenia) Affect the Management of Diabetes?” (2009-13). Dr.Lutfey has also been appointed Director of the Center on Patient-Provider Relationships at the New England Research Institutes, Inc. (NERI).

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach (Cohort 9) has joined Northwestern University as an Associate Professor with tenure in the School of Education and Social Policy.

Dino Falaschetti (Cohort 8) has been awarded the Best Paper by a Junior Author from the Industrial Organization Society for his article with Marco Castañeda, "Does a Hospital's Profit Status Affect its Operational Scope" (Review of Industrial Organization  2008, Vol. 33, Issue 2). Dr. Falaschetti will be on leave in 2009-2010 from his post as Associate Professor of Law and Economics at Florida State University to be s a Campbell National Fellow in the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Kevin Esterling (Cohort 7) has authored "Identifying Conditions for Falsifiable Discourse: 'Deliberative Disagreement' in U.S. Health Policy Committee Hearings," forthcoming in Legislative Studies Quarterly. Dr. Esterling is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside.

Brian Finch (Cohort 7) was awarded a Research Project Grant (R01) by the National Institute for Mental Health for his project entitled “A Social Demography of Racial Health Disparities ” (2009-14). He is also launching the Center for Health Equity Research and Policy (CHERP) housed in the Department of Sociology at San Diego State University. Dr. Finch is a Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University.

Ted Gayer (Cohort 6) has joined the Brookings Institution as Co-director of Economic Studies and the Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow.

Michael Greenstone (Cohort 5) is serving as Chief Economist on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors. Dr. Greenstone is a 3M Professor of Economics on leave from MIT.

Helen Levy (Cohort 5) has co-authored "The Evolution of Medical Spending Risk" with Jonathan Gruber in the Journal of Economic Perspectives (Fall 2009, Volume 23, Number 4, Pg. 25-48). Dr. Levy is a Research Assistant Professor, Survey Research Center and an Assistant Research Scientist, School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Glenn Beamer (Cohort 4) has joined the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia as an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Public Health and Director of the Master of Public Health Program.

Dalton Conley (Cohort 3) has authored two books Elsewhere, U.S.A.: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms, and Economic Anxiety and You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist. Dr. Conley is the Dean of the Social Sciences and Chair of the Sociology Department at New York University. He has just completed a master's degree in biology and is pursuing a Ph. D. in molecular biology and genomics.

Bowen Garrett (Cohort 3) has co-authored with John Holahan, Lan Doan, Irene Headen "The Cost of Failure to Enact Health Reform: Implications for States" (Urban Institute, October 2009). Dr. Garrett is a Senior Research Associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute.

Stephanie Robert (Cohort 3) has been promoted to Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Kelly Devers (Cohort 1) served as a member of President Obama’s Transition Team, playing an important role in the analysis of the Health Care Community Discussions.  A report on the Community Discussions has been released by the Obama administration and may be found at: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/appA.html. Dr. Devers is a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute. She has joined the Health Policy Center of the Urban Institute as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Devers also holds an adjunct faculty position at George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services in the Department of Health Policy.