Dr. Mark A. Peterson

Biography 

Mark A. Peterson, Ph.D. (University of Michigan) is Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, and former Chair and incoming Chair of the Department of Public Policy in the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Research Interests 

Professor, Public Policy, Political Science, and Law
University of California, Los Angeles

Mark A. Peterson, Ph.D. (University of Michigan) is Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, and former Chair and incoming Chair of the Department of Public Policy in the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs. A specialist on American national institutions and the policy process, his scholarship focuses on interactions among the Presidency, Congress, and interest groups, evaluating their implications for policy making within the general domain of domestic policy and with specific attention to national health care policy and Medicare reform, as well as the role of research evidence in policy making. Professor Peterson was a founding team member of the Blue Sky Health Initiative to transform the U.S. health and health care system, which advised Congress and the executive branch on the inclusion of population health strategies in the Affordable Care Act. As an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow, he was a Legislative Assistant for Health Policy for U.S. Senator Tom Daschle. He also served on the National Academy of Social Insurance’s Study Panel on Medicare and Markets and on the Health Policy Advisory Committee for the 2008 Barack Obama for President Campaign. He chairs the National Advisory Committees for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy Research program and its Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program, and is a member of the National Advisory Board or Committee for two other RWJF programs—the Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico and the Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program. A past elected member of the Council of the American Political Science Association, Professor Peterson is a founding member of the Association’s Organized Section on Health Politics and Policy, and was elected President of its Organized Section on Public Policy. He serves on the University of California Academic Senate’s Health Care Task Force and on the UC Office of the President’s Health Benefits Work Group. At UCLA he is the Co-Director of the Policy Core for the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS); a Faculty Associate of the Center for Health Policy Research and the Institute for Society & Genetics; a member of faculty advisory committees, including for the Center for American Politics and Public Policy; and a member of the Policy and Community Advisory Committee for the UCLA site of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.

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