Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.
Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California - Berkeley
Research Interests: 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.
Brown, Hana E., and Rachel Best. 2017. "Logics of Redistribution: Determinants of Generosity in Three U.S. Social Welfare Programs." Sociological Perspectives, 60(4): 786-809.
Best, Rachel. 2017. "Disease Campaigns and the Decline of Treatment Advocacy." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 42(3): 425-457.
Krieger, Linda, Rachel Best, and Lauren Edelman. 2015. "When "Best Practices" Win, Employees Lose: Symbolic Compliance and Judicial Inference in Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Cases." Law and Social Inquiry, 40(4): 843-879.
Best, Rachel. 2012. "Disease Politics and Medical Research Funding: Three Ways Advocacy Shapes Policy." American Sociological Review, 77(5): 780-803.
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