Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol, professor of government and sociology from Harvard University, presents, "Will Health Reform Survive and Flourish after 2012?, a public lecture, on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 7-9 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, Airport, Alvarado Ballroom.

Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government & Sociology at Harvard, is also the founder and director of the Scholars Strategy Network. Her lecture sets out the prospects for continued expansion of access to health care in the United States and examines the role that democratic engagement can play in the process of health reform.

Skocpol is one of America's leading social scientists, the author of numerous books on social policy and health care reform, including the award winning Protecting Soldiers and Mothers, and Health Care Reform and American Politics co-authored with Lawrence Jacobs. An updated edition of the latter title was released by Oxford University Press earlier this month, following the recent Affordable Health Care Act Supreme Court decision. Skocpol is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, former president of the American Political Science Association and former director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University.

This is the featured Jonathan Mann Health and Human Rights Annual Public Health Program Lecture. The event is sponsored by the UNM Public Health Program, Scholars Strategy Network, the RWJF Center for Health Policy, UNM; New Mexico CARES Health Disparities Center UNMHSC; New Mexico Health Equity Working Group, New Mexico Public Health Association; and the UNM departments of Sociology and Political Science.

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