Social Policy & Health

Social Policy

Social policy is the multifaceted approach taken by any level of government to ensure the material wellbeing of individuals. Our research in this area focuses on:

  • Poverty alleviation
  • The design of welfare programs
  • Improved access to housing and education

Health Policy

Health policy research refers to the study of how government actions affect health and health care. In this area, we concentrate on:

  • Health insurance regulations including the new federal health reform law
  • The connection between the labor market and health insurance
  • Determinants of health

Faculty Members

Seth Freedman
Associate Professor
(812) 855-5054

  • Health Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics

Brad R. Fulton
Assistant Professor
(812) 855-6948

  • Nonprofit Organizations & Management
  • Leadership
  • Social Movements
  • Advocacy, Diversity, Quantitative Methods

John D. Graham
(812) 855-1432

  • Government reform
  • Energy and the environment
  • The future of the automobile in both developed and developing countries
  • Presidential studies

April Grudi
Assistant Clinical Professor
(812) 855-2840

  • Healthcare management

Bradley T. Heim
Executive Associate Dean
(812) 855-9783

  • Impact of income taxes on individual behavior
  • Impact of audits on tax compliance
  • Affordable Care Act and labor market outcomes
  • Causes of increasing income inequality

Diane S. Henshel
Associate Professor
(812) 855-4556

  • Ecological and human health effects of pollutants and chemicals
  • Holistic and cumulative ecosystem, human health, and ecosystem services risk/vulnerability assessment and modeling
  • Risk communication
  • Sustainability modeling
  • Cyber security risk assessment modeling

Alex J. Hollingsworth
Assistant Professor
(812) 856-4647

  • Health economics
  • Regulation
  • Environmental economics

Ashlyn Aiko Nelson
Associate Professor
(812) 855-0732

  • Causes and consequences of inequality in housing and education
  • Social justice
  • School finance
  • Housing finance

Mark Norrell
Senior Lecturer
(812) 856-1392

  • Healthcare strategic planning and business development
  • Financial management, operations and human resources management for healthcare provider organizations

Alberto Ortega
Assistant Professor

  • Race and ethnicity
  • Economics of education
  • Social and health policy

Victoria A. Perez
Assistant Professor
(812) 856-4647

  • Private and governmental financing of healthcare
  • Insurance economics, finance, and regulation

Maureen A. Pirog
Rudy Professor Emeritus of Policy Analysis
(812) 855-0732

  • Poverty and income maintenance with emphasis on child support enforcement
  • Welfare reform
  • Adolescent parenting
  • Methods of policy evaluation

Jennifer Silva
Assistant Professor

  • Political culture
  • Social class and inequality
  • Qualitative methods
  • Family and intimate life

Kosali Simon
Herman B Wells Endowed Professor
(812) 856-3850

  • Health economics and policy
  • The impact of state and federal regulations attempting to ease the availability of private and public health insurance for vulnerable populations
  • Health and labor market outcomes

Coady Wing
Associate Professor
(812) 855-0563

  • Health and Social Policy
  • Regulation of Labor Markets
  • Causal Inference
  • Applied Econometrics