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Rachel Best

Rachel Best

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.
Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Ph.D., Sociology, 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.