ERIC M. PATASHNIK

JULIS-RABINOWITZ PROFESSOR OF PUBLIC POLICY, PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
BROWN UNIVERSITY

  
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
111 Thayer Street  Box 1970
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912-1970
ericpat@brown.edu


Biographical sketch

I am Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Brown University, based at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

I am the editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. I am also Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. I previously held faculty positions in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at University of Virginia, the Department of Political Science at Yale University, and the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA. 

I received my PhD and MPP from University of California, Berkeley.  

Research 

My research examines the politics of policymaking in the United States, focusing on healthcare, fiscal politics, policy reform, implementation, and Congress. 

I am currently writing a book (with Alan Gerber and Conor Dowling) entitled Unhealthy Politics: The Battle Over Evidence-Based Medicine in the United States (forthcoming, Princeton University Press).  The project is supported by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (press release) and the Smith Richardson Foundation. A Health Affairs article of ours from this project is here



My book Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted (Princeton University Press, 2008), was awarded the 2009 Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration. 

My volume (co-edited with Jeffery A. Jenkins) Congress and Policy Making in the 21st Century was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. Jeff Jenkins and I also co-edited Living Legislation: Durability, Change and the Politics of American Lawmaking (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

My other books include: Promoting the General Welfare: New Perspectives on Government Performance (co-edited with Alan Gerber, Brookings Institution Press, 2006) and Putting Trust in the U.S. Budget: Federal Trust Funds and the Politics of Commitment (Cambridge University Press, 2000; Chinese translation 2009).

I am the coauthor (with Eugene Bardarch) of the 5th edition of the textbook, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving (CQ Press, 2016). 

My essays have appeared in Perspectives on PoliticsPolitical Science QuarterlyGovernanceP.S., Policy SciencesHealth AffairsJournal of Health Politics, Policy & LawSocial Service Review, and in many edited volumes. 

Teaching

I teach courses on policy analysis, health politics and policy, leadership and public management, the politics of policy-making, Congress, bureaucracy, and the U.S. welfare state. I received the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching at UVA.

Academic Administration

I am the incoming director of the Brown Public Policy Program at the Watson Institute. Previously, I played a key role in the design and launch of UVA's Batten School, which was made possible by a $100M endowment gift in 2007. As the School's first Associate Dean and then Acting Dean, I worked with colleagues on the creation of research centers; the opening of behavioral science labs; the establishment of new degree programs; and the recruitment of a talented, multidisciplinary faculty. I also served as Director of UVA's Center for Health Policy.

Personal

My wife Deborah Gordon is Director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.     


 
 

      My CV is here