Postdoctoral Fellow, RWJ Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, School of Public Health.
Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.
Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley
Dr. Best examines how policies and laws respond to social problems and, in particular, how advocacy and culture create legal/policy inequalities in the ways we address social issues such as disease, homelessness, and employment discrimination. Her current research explores why lobbying for research into new medical treatments has overshadowed movements seeking research on environmental causes of disease and advocacy for expanded access to medical care.
Best, Rachel, Lauren B. Edelman, Linda Hamilton Krieger, and Scott R. Eliason. 2011. "Multiple Disadvantages: An Empirical Test of Intersectionality Theory in EEO Litigation." Law and Society Review, 45(4): 991-1025. Abstract.
Kirp, David L., and Rachel Best. 2007. "Life Way After Preschool." In The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics. Harvard University Press.