Mary Ruggie, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, has a PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught at Barnard College, the University of California at San Diego, and Columbia University, where she chaired the Sociology Department. Her publications include three books—The State and Working Women: A Comparison of Britain and Sweden (Princeton, 1984), Realignments in the Welfare State: Health Policy in the United States, Britain, and Canada (Columbia, 1996) and Marginal to Mainstream: Alternative Medicine in America (Cambridge, 2004)—and numerous articles on these and related subjects.
While she continues to work on comparative health and social policy systems, her current interests focus on the intersections of inequalities in health and mental health care and outcomes with inequalities based on gender, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. She is particularly concerned with questions of why vulnerable groups in the US fare worse than their counterparts in other countries on various measures of health and social well-being and what can be done to improve their everyday lives.
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