Eric M. Patashnik

Professor of Public Policy and Politics, Director of the Center for Health Policy
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Education & Training
Ph.D. – University of California, Berkeley, Department of Political Science, 1996
M.P.P. – University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy, 1989
B.A. – University of Virginia, History and Economics, 1987
Courses Taught
Leadership in the Public Arena
Policy Analysis

Patashnik is Professor of Public Policy and Politics and Director of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Virginia. He is also Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He previously held faculty positions at Yale University and UCLA. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Batten School between 2009 and 2012.

Patashnik’s latest book is Living Legislation: Durability, Change and the Politics of American Lawmaking (co-editor with Jeffery A. Jenkins, University of Chicago Press, 2012). He is also the author of Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted (Princeton University Press, 2008), which received the 2009 Louis Brownlow Book Award given by the National Academy of Public Administration.

His other books are Promoting the General Welfare: New Perspectives on Government Performance (co-editor with Alan S. Gerber, Brookings Institution Press, 2006), and Putting Trust in the US Budget: Federal Trust Funds and the Politics of Commitment (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Governance, Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, Social Service Review, and in many edited volumes. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. His current major research project, with Alan Gerber of Yale University, explores the politics of evidence-based medicine in the United States and is supported by grants from the Smith Richardson and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations.

Patashnik received both his M.P.P. and Ph.D. (political science) from the University of California at Berkeley.