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The PPSO concentration is housed within Maxcy Hall and is jointly supervised by the Department of Sociology and the Public Policy Center. Concentrators thus have access to all of the resources and facilities of both Sociology (i.e. urban studies, population studies, medical sociology) and Public Policy (i.e., policy and program analysis, program evaluation, the survey research laboratory). An Advisory Committee made up of faculty from Sociology, Public Policy and other interested departments and programs (such as Economics, Education, Community Health, Urban Studies, etc.) is responsible for student advising, program direction, and coordination with other departments.

The Advisory Committee
Ann Dill, PPSO Director, Associate Professor of Sociology and of Gender Studies. Ph.D. (1986), Columbia University. Previous appointments at Columbia University and at the Rutgers-Princeton Training Program in Mental Health Research. Areas of specialization include medical sociology, social welfare, social gerontology, and complex organizations. On-going studies focus on the growth of the non-profit sector in transitional economies, and on the incorporation of spiritual care within medicine and nursing. Recently published Managing to Care: Case Management and Service System Reform (Aldine de Gruyter, 2002).
Ross Cheit (on leave 2003-04), Associate Professof of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center's Law and Public Policy program. J.D. (1981) and Ph.D. (1986), University of California at Berkeley. Previous appointments at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oregon Supreme Court, and the University of California at Berkeley. Specializations in public law and public policy. Currently completing a book examining child sexual abuse. Other current research includes the false memory "crisis" and child protective services and the criminal justice system. His first book, Setting Safety Standards: Regulation in the Public and Private Sectors, was published by the University of California Press.
Mary L. Fennell, Professor of Sociology and of Community Health. Ph.D., Stanford University. Areas of specialization include medical sociology, health care policy, and formal organizations. Affiliated with the Center on Gerontology and Health Care Research. Served as editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and serves on review and advisory boards for the Agency for Health Care Policy Research and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Recent publications include "The Effects of Hospital Characteristics and Radical Organizational Change on the Relative Standing of Health Care Professions" (Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 1995).
E. Brooke Harrington, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy . Ph.D. (1999), Harvard University. Specializations in organizational and economic sociology, organizational communication, behavioral economics, the sociology of gender, and sociological methodology. Current research focuses on the sociology of investing, voluntary organizations, and gender and self-presentation.
Dennis Hogan, Robert E. (Ted) Turner Professor of Population Studies and Sociology. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Areas of Interest: Demography, Life Course, Social Stratification and Inequality. Research examines the interrelationships of the family lives of individuals and their social environments. Uses a broadly comparative approach including studies of race, ethnic and immigrant groups and majority populations in the United States over the twentieth century, Italian social history, and contemporary Mexico, Colombia, Thailand, and Japan. Founder of The Group for Demographic Studies of Children with Disability at Brown.
John Modell, Professor of Education, Human Development, and Sociology, Chair, Ph.D. in History, Columbia University (1969). Areas of interest include life course; history of social and behavioral science; sociology of childhood, adolescence, and youth; and sociology of education. Research examines issues of human development, and the nature of disciplinary and public knowledge in the social and behavioral sciences. Current work focuses on progress in and through institutions of formal education as a historically-embedded past of children's lives; and the failed synthesis of the social and behavioral sciences that seemed so promising in the United States in the two decades that followed World War II.
Frank Newman, Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Sociology. Ph.D. (1981), Stanford University. Previous appointments include serving as President of the Education Commission of the States, President of the University of Rhode Island, and Director of University Relations at Stanford. He was also co-founder of Campus Compact. Specializations in higher education and public policy. His most recent book is Choosing Quality: Reducing Conflict Between the State and the University (1987). He is currently using grants form the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Ford Foundation, the GE Fund, and the Atlantic Philanthropies to lead a three-year study, The Futures Project: Policy for Higher Education in a Changing World.
Michael Plater, Professor of Africana Studies and of American Civilization, and Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Ph.D. (1993), College of William and Mary, MBA (1982), The Wharton School. Faculty advisor to the Entrepreneurship Program. Previously on the graduate faculty of the College of Business Administration, University of Florida, and formerly Director of Admissions and Student Services, College of William and Mary Graduate School of Business. Co-Principal Investigator, The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Brown, funded by NSF. Publications include African American Entrepreneurship in Richmond, 1890-1940: The Story of R. C. Scott . Garland Publishing: New York, 1996.
Eric Suuberg, Professor of Engineering and Associate Dean of the Faculty. ScD in Chemical Engineering (MIT), MS in Management (Marketing), Sloan School (MIT). Joined the Brown faculty in 1981 and was one of the co-founders of Brown's chemical engineering program. His research interests are in the areas of fuels chemistry, combustion, energy and environment. He is presently the Americas Editor for the journal FUEL.
John H. Tyler, Assistant Professor of Education, Economics, and Public Policy. Ed.D. (1998), Harvard University. Previous appointments at Harvard University, St. Andrews Episcopal School, and All Saints Episcopal School. Between 1973 and 1987 Prof. Tyler was a farmer in Lubbock, Texas. Specializations in education-related program evaluation; the relationships between education, skills and labor market outcomes; the role of education in a changing U.S. economy.
Darrell West, John Haxen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center. Ph.D. (1981), Indiana University. Previous appointments at the Brookings Institution and the University of Pennsylvania. Specializations in American politics, elections, and mass media. His current research focuses on e-government, mass media, and the effect of television advertising on election campaigns. His latest book, Celebrity Politics, was published by Prentice Hall in 2002.
Michael White, Professor and Chair of Sociology. Ph.D. (1980), University of Chicago. Areas of interest include demography, immigration, social policy, and Africa Current research on the United States includes studies of immigrant adaptation in schooling, family and labor force; also working on new methods for analyzing residential segregation that can reflect the increasing ethnic diversity of contemporary America urban areas. In developing societies (including China, Vietnam, and Ghana), studies the determinants of migration, urbanization, and their demographic and environmental consequences. Formerly a staff member of the Urban Institute and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.