About the Panel on Post-COVID Sociology

Paul E. Starr, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and Stuart Professor of communications and public affairs at Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs. He also serves as founding co-editor of The American Prospect, a liberal magazine that he co-founded in 1990 with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich.

Professor Starr's work addresses a wide range of questions in politics, public policy, and social theory. Within sociology, his current interests include institutional analysis, political sociology, and the sociology of knowledge, technology, and information, especially as they bear on democracy, equality, and freedom. During 1993 he served as a senior health policy advisor at the White House.

Rachel Best, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan

Rachel Best is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. She studies political responses to social problems, focusing on inequalities created by advocacy and culture. Her book, Common Enemies: Disease Campaigns in America, argues that when Americans come together to fight social problems, they focus their largest efforts on diseases. Fighting one disease at a time has unintended consequences for health policy. Her current research uses computational methods to explore the relationship between disease stigma, advocacy, and policy outcomes.

Alexandre White, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

Alexandre White joined the Johns Hopkins Faculty in 2019 after completing a Provost’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship there. He earned his B.A. in Black Studies from Amherst College, his MSc. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his PhD  in Sociology from Boston University. He is also jointly affiliated with the Department of the History of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine and is an Associate Director for the Center For Medical Humanities and Social Medicine.