Kitt Carpenter, Director of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics
Professor Carpenter is a health economist and public policy researcher with expertise in the causes and consequences of risky health behaviors. He has studied policies related to alcohol consumption and tobacco use for youths; drunk driving laws; insurance mandates for cancer screenings; LGBT public policies; and others. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has been published in Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Journal - Applied Economics, American Economic Journal - Economic Policy, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Demography, American Journal of Public Health, and others. He is currently Vice President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and Editor at the Journal of Health Economics. At Vanderbilt he directs the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab and is also a Professor by courtesy in Education; Law; Health Policy; MHS; and Women's and Gender Studies.
Katherine Carroll, Associate Director of Public Policy Studies
Professor Carroll previously directed the Program in Public Policy Studies and continues to advise all majors. Her interests are in Middle East politics, American military policy, and American foreign policy.
Lauren Gaydosh, Assistant Professor of MHS and Public Policy Studies
Professor Gaydosh's research focuses on better understanding the role of early life environments in shaping health across the life course. Her work integrates social, contextual, and biological data from population-based longitudinal studies to examine how inequalities in the social environment get under the skin to create health disparities. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program, and published in Demography, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Forces.
Patrick Greiner, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy Studies
Professor Ggreiner's research explores how various forms of inequality emerging from social, political, and economic structures pattern socio-environmental outcomes in ways that are often detrimental to environmental systems and harmful to marginalized social groups. His current work explores the ways in which national level inequalities - such as gender, income and racial disparities - serve to limit how effectively populations are able to protect environmental spaces, and convert natural resources to social goods. His work has been published in Energy Research and Social Science, Socius, and Rural Sociology.
Bill Purcell, Adjunct Professor
Professor Purcell teaches PPS 294, Cities in the 21st Century. He is a former two-term mayor of Nashville (1999-2007) who has both taught and held leadership roles at Tennessee State University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He also served for a decade in the Tennessee House of Representatives where he was Majority Leader. Today he practices law in Nashville, teaches, and serves the community through memberships on various boards and advisory committees.
Richard Reibeling, Visiting Professor
Mr. Richard M. Riebeling served as Director of Finance for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County since November 2007. Mr. Riebeling has spent the past 12 years in public finance. He also served as the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee. He also spent nine years as a partner in the law firm Stokes & Bartholomew, now Adams and Reese Stokes Bartholomew, practicing in public finance. He served as an assistant in the Mayor s Office for five years during the Fulton administration and three years as a newspaper reporter, leaving the Nashville Banner in 1978. He serves as Director of Nashville Public Radio. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1983.
Carrie Russell, Senior Lecturer
Professor Russell teaches PPS 295, the capstone course in Public Policy Studies. A lawyer with a doctorate in political science, her interests are in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Race and public policy.
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Professor Tzankova teaches PPS 4960, the senior seminar on research in public policy. Her research and professional work are in the area of environmental policy and regulation, both public and private. Her scholarly interest in understanding the evolution and performance of environmental policies, institutions, and management programs is matched by a strong normative commitment to improving the conservation and democratic performance of environmental policy and management.