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        Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
                                                                                                             University of Virginia
Garrett Hall
235 McCormick Road
P.O. Box 400893
Charlottesville, VA 22904
(434) 924-0903

Biographical sketch

I am Professor of Public Policy and Politics and Director of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Virginia, where I previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Acting Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public PolicyI am also Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. I previously held faculty positions at Yale University and UCLA. I received my PhD (political science) and MPP (public policy) from UC Berkeley. I serve on the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and on an American Academy of Arts & Sciences task force on durability and adaptability in energy policy. Effective July 2016, I will become the editor of Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.  


My research examines the politics of American national policymaking, focusing on health policy, governance, the welfare state, and Congress. My recent articles and media appearances can be found here.

I am currently writing a book (with Alan S. Gerber and Conor Dowling) entitled Unhealthy Politics: Professional Authority, Partisan Polarization, and the Battle Over Evidence-Based Medicine (under advanced contract with Princeton University Press). This project uses the political struggle over evidence-based medicine as a window into the performance of American democracy as a problem-solving institution. The project has been supported by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator's Award in Health Policy Research (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 edited book (with Jeffery A. Jenkins) Living Legislation: Durability, Change and the Politics of American Lawmaking was published in 2012 by University of Chicago Press.

My other books include: Promoting the General Welfare: New Perspectives on Government Performance (co-edited with Alan S. 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).

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. 


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

Batten School

I played a key role in the establishment of the 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 had the opportunity to work with colleagues on the inauguration of research centers; the opening of behavioral science labs in which scholars perform cutting-edge experiments on the dynamics of leadership and organizational behavior; the creation of graduate, undergraduate and dual degree programs; and the recruitment of a talented, multidisciplinary faculty.


I am the proud dad of two college-age sons, Michael and Josh. My wife Deborah Gordon is Director of the Energy & Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment.  Her website can be found here: Deborah Gordon



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