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Konstanz Nathanson


Constance A. Nathanson, PhD, has more than 40 years of experience researching the sociological dimensions of health and health policy. Her work over the past fifteen years has focused on the history, politics, and sociology of public health policy and political change in the United States and its peers in developed countries. Recent publications include articles theorizing politics and policy change in public health from a sociological perspective, more substantive articles on tobacco and gun control policy, the role of social movements in policy change, and essays on health inequalities, and a book, Disease Prevention as Social Change (2007) describes and interprets changes in public health policy over time in the United States, France, Great Britain and Canada. France is an ongoing geographic focus of Nathanson's recent work. She is currently assisted by the National Library of Medicine in the preparation of a book-length manuscript on health crises and institutional and ideological changes in public health in France. in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, introduces W.T. Grant-sponsored project to examine the politics of research evidence in the US states. In addition to her research work, Dr. Nathanson Co-Director of the Columbia Population Research Center and Director of the NICHD-funded Educational Scholarship in Gender, Sexuality and Health at the Department of Sociomedical Sciences.


PhD, 1967, University of Chicago MA, 1958, University of Chicago

Other affiliations

American Sociological Association Population Association of America American Public Health Association American Association for the Advancement of Science

Honors & awards

RWJ Health Policy Investigator Award, 1995-1998 Outstanding Book Award, Medical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association, 1991 Fulbright New Century Scholar Award, 2001 Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1998-99

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Comparative Public Health Policies in the US, Canada, UK, and France , USA, Canada, UK, France: I am writing a book on the social, political and ideological forces that determine public health policymaking, using these four countries as comparative case studies.

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