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Monday, April 21
Grant Miller: Managerial Incentives in Public Service Delivery

Rachel Best

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.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Best, Rachel. 2012. "Disease Politics and Medical Research Funding: Three Ways Advocacy Shapes Policy." American Sociological Review, 77(5): 780-803. DOI. Abstract.

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.

Best, Rachel. 2010. "Situation or Social Problem: The Influence of Events on Media Coverage of Homelessness." Social Problems, 57(1): 74-91. Abstract.

Chapters

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.