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Graduate Field Faculty

The Graduate Field of Public Policy consists of more than 50 faculty members trained in economics, sociology, government, and other policy-relevant disciplines. Field members are unified by their use of cutting-edge data and empirical approaches to study the compelling policy issues of our time.

Faculty in the Graduate Field of Public Policy have distinctive research strengths that reflect those of the Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell, including:

  • Data science and technology policy
  • Environmental and sustainability policy
  • Health policy and management
  • Human security
  • Politics and economics of development
  • Race, racism and public policy
  • Social policy and inequality

Brooks Graduate Field Faculty

Rosemary Avery
Professor, Brooks
adolescents, at-risk children or youth, foster care, child welfare, consumer behavior, pharmaceutical advertising, regulation

Colleen Barry
Dean, Professor, Brooks
health policy, mental health, addiction and gun violence

Christopher Barrett
Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor, Brooks & Applied Economics and Management
applied economics, international and development economics and policy, food and agricultural economics, environmental, energy and resource economics and policy, emerging markets

David Bateman
Associate Professor, Brooks & Government
democratic institutions, legislatures and political rights, ideas and ideologies of democracy, race, and racism

Michèle Belot
Professor, Economics
applied microeconomics, with a special interest in experimental work in areas related to labour, health and education

Kendra Bischoff
Assistant Professor, Sociology
segregation, education, income inequality

Francine Blau
Professor, ILR
labor policy, gender, immigration

Nicolas Bottan
Assistant Professor, Brooks
public finance, behavioral economics, labor economics, urban economics and economics of education

Colleen Carey
Associate Professor, Brooks
industrial organization of health care, health economics

John Cawley
Professor; Director of Cornell in Washington, Director Institute on Health Economics, Brooks
economics, health economics, health policy, public policy, obesity

Benjamin Cornwell
Associate Professor
social networks, health, social stratification

Erin York Cornwell
Associate Professor, Sociology
neighborhoods, law, health, aging, social networks

Rachel Dunifon
Professor & Dean, College of Human Ecology
child and family policy, social policy, maternal employment, welfare reform, grandparents, children’s living arrangements

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue
Professor; Department Chair; Associate Director, Cornell Population Center, Brooks & Sociology
global inequality, food security, youth employment, sustainable development

Peter Enns
Professor, Brooks & Government
public opinion, representation, criminal justice system, survey research, time series analysis

Jerel Ezell
Associate Professor, Africana
economic and labor markets, impacts on health, social equity and environmental sustainability in America

Maria Fitzpatrick
Professor, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Brooks
public economics, labor economics, child education

Gustavo Flores-Macias
Associate Professor, Brooks & Government
the politics of economic reform, and taxation and state capacity

Richard Geddes
Professor & Director CPIP, Brooks
infrastructure investment, public-private partnerships, transportation policy, postal service, corporate governance, women’s property rights

Shannon Gleeson
Professor, Brooks & ILR
bureaucracies and workplace protections, worker rights, labor unions and other community organizations, play in advocating on their behalf

David Just
Professor, Dyson
applied economics and policy, food and agricultural economics

Max Kapustin
Assistant Professor, Brooks
reducing crime and violence; improving educational, health, and other life outcomes of disadvantaged youth and adults; policing; public policy; experimental economics; applied econometrics

Don Kenkel
Professor & Co-Director, Institute on Health Economics, Brooks
health economics, public health, tobacco control, cost-benefit analysis

Philipp Kircher
Professor, Economics
labor economics

Cathy Kling
Professor, Brooks & ILR
environmental, energy and resource economics and policy

Sarah Kreps
Professor, Brooks & Government
international relations, international conflict and cooperation, alliance politics, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

Douglas L. Kriner
Professor, Brooks & Government
American political institutions and the separation of powers, US foreign policy, science and health policy

Pauline Leung
Assistant Professor, Brooks
public economics, labor economics, public policy

Michael Lovenheim
Professor, Brooks & Economics
economics of education, local taxation and regulation, cigarette and alcohol taxes and regulation on health outcomes

Vida Maralani
Associate Professor, Sociology
social inequality, demography, social stratification

Alan Mathios
Professor, Brooks
advertising, food and drug administration, federal trade commission, health outcomes, health disparities, cigarettes, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, direct-to-consumer advertising, cigarette taxes

Jamila Michener
Associate Professor, Senior Associate Dean of Public Engagement, Brooks & Government
American politics; poverty and inequality; public policy; political participation; race and ethnic politics; urban politics

Douglas Miller
Professor, Brooks
public economics, labor economics, applied microeconometrics, economic environment and health outcomes

Kelly Musick
Professor, Senior Associate Dean of Research, Brooks
family demography, marriage, fertility, social class, inequality

Sean Nicholson
Professor, Director, Brooks, Sloan
health economics, pharmaceuticals, physicians

Jeff Niederdeppe
Associate Professor, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development, Brooks & Communication
communication, public health, health policy, health disparities

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea
Assistant Professor, Brooks & Government
environmental, energy and resource economics and policy, food and agricultural economics, international and development economics and policy, quantitative modeling, climate change

Eleonora Patacchini
Professor, Economics
urban economics, labor economics, law and economics, political economy, policy evaluation, public policy

Zhuan Pei
Assistant Professor, Brooks
labor economics, applied econometrics, public policy

Thomas Pepinsky
Professor, Brooks & Government
comparative politics and political economy, emerging market economies in Southeast Asia

Karl Pillemer
Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Outreach, Human Development
gerontology, life course studies, sociology of the family, long-term care, public policy, translational research

Adriana Reyes
Assistant Professor, Brooks
family demography, health disparities

Rachel Beatty Riedl
Professor, Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Brooks & Government
institutional development in new democracies, local governance and decentralization policy, authoritarian regime legacies, and religion and politics, with a focus on Africa

Evan Riehl
Assistant Professor, Economics
labor economics, development economics, education

Peter Rich
Assistant Professor, Brooks
segregation, education, inequality, demography

David Sahn
Professor, Nutritional Sciences
health economics, nutrition and poverty

Nicholas Sanders
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Brooks
environmental economics, health economics, labor economics, environmental policy

Seth Sanders
Professor, Department Chair, Economics
labor economics and econometrics with a specialization in population research

Sharon Sassler
Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Brooks
family, adolescents, gender issues, marriage, cohabitation, immigrants, relationships, young adult transitions

Laura Tach
Associate Professor, Brooks
poverty & public policy; family demography; neighborhood inequality & housing

Sharon Tennyson
Professor, Brooks
consumer policy, government regulation, insurance, financial services, law and economics

Chantal Thomas
Professor, Brooks & Law
law and development and international economic law

Maureen Waller
Professor, Brooks
poverty, family, social policy

Kim Weeden
Professor, Sociology
education, income inequality, gender inequality in labor markets, social class

Jessica Weiss
Associate Professor, Brooks & Government
Chinese politics and foreign relations, nationalism and public opinion, the connection between domestic politics and international relations

Eleanor Wilking
Assistant Professor, Law
tax administration, particularly questions concerning individual income and consumption tax structuring, distribution, and compliance

Cristobal Young
Associate Professor, Sociology
tax policy, economics sociology, big data, quantitative methods