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Cohorts XX & XXI
Adam Sacarny, Joanna V. Brooks, Daniel Navon, Sarah Staszak, Adam Goldstein, Ruth Bloch-Rubin
Cohort XX (2013 - 2015)



Joanna Brooks received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Her dissertation examined the shortage of primary care physicians and the persistent nature of the problem, pointing to an institutional structure that poses obstacles to students choosing primary care specialties. Focusing on Family Medicine, her research argues that the field is afforded low prestige because its philosophy is an unwelcome challenge to the dominant biomedical perspective. In other work, she has studied the impact of duty hour regulations on the socialization of surgical residents. Current research examines the role of teamwork and culture in quality improvement and patient safety. As a Scholar, she plans to study how the medical culture and medical providers interact with new technologies, the implications for patient care, and how providers are affected by the policies surrounding these innovations.

1730 Cambridge St. S-410
Cambridge, MA  02138
Voice: 617-495-5366
Fax: 617-496-1636



Daniel Navon holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University. He received a degree in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh before coming to Columbia in 2006 and developing research and teaching interests in the sociology of science and medicine, historical sociology and social theory. His ongoing research uses comparative-historical methods, citation analysis and fieldwork to study the way that genetics is reshaping medical classification. It shows how the discovery of genetic mutations can lead to the delineation of new disease categories, even when they lack clinical coherence, and be mobilized by experts and advocates as both new forms of illness and privileged sites of biomedical knowledge production.

1730 Cambridge St. S-410
Cambridge, MA  02138
Voice: 617-495-5286
Fax: 617-496-1636




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Sarah Staszak received a Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University in 2010 and is currently on leave from The City College of New York—CUNY, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department.  Her research interests include public law, policy, and American political development.  Her in-progress book manuscript, The Politics of Judicial Retrenchment, examines the politics and implications of the efforts to constrain access to courts and the legal system as they have unfolded in the years since the expansions of the civil rights era.  As a Scholar, she will study litigation in the area of mental health, specifically the consequences of relying on courts and judges to fill a void in mental health policy.

1730 Cambridge St. S-409
Cambridge, MA  02138
Voice: 617-496-7027
Fax: 617-496-1636

Sarah Staszak's Website

Cohort XXI (2014 - 2016)



Ruth Bloch-Rubin
received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. She studies partisan organizations and legislative institutions in the United States. Her dissertation examines the development of organized blocs within congressional parties, with the aim of understanding why these intraparty organizations form and how they impact the legislative process. As a Scholar, she will explore Congressional efforts to improve the health of historically marginalized and vulnerable populations.

1730 Cambridge St. S-409
Cambridge, MA  02138
Voice: 617-496-6219
Fax: 617-496-1636
Ruth Bloch-Rubin's website



Adam Goldstein
received his PhD in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. His research focuses on the economic sociology of financial capitalism in the contemporary United States. His dissertation examines how labor market insecurity and growing inequality have shaped households’ incorporation into financial markets since the 1980s. Upon completing the program, he will assume a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton.


1730 Cambridge St. S-408
Cambridge, MA  02138
Voice: 617-496-6075
Fax: 617-496-1636



Adam Sacarny
holds a PhD in Economics from MIT. His dissertation focuses on the distribution and determinants of health care productivity, with a particular emphasis on payment policy. His research utilizes approaches from industrial organization and labor economics and applies them to the health care sector. In the future, he looks forward to studying Medicaid managed care and long-term care. After completing the Program, he will begin a position as Assistant Professor in the Health Policy and Management Department of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

1730 Cambridge St. S-408
Cambridge, MA  02138
Voice: 617-496-6070
Fax: 617-496-1636
Adam Sacarny's Website


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