Isabel M. Perera

Name and title:

Isabel M. Perera, Assistant Professor, Government

Academic focus:

Health, labor and social policy, in comparative and historical perspective

Current research project: 

My research examines how public sector trade unions can influence the provision of social welfare, with a focus on the development of mental health policy in the United States and France.

Previous positions:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2018-2020

Academic background : 

  • Ph.D., Political science, University of Pennsylvania, 2018
  • B.A., Public health and Romance languages, Johns Hopkins University, 2010

Last book read:

“The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett

In your own time/when not working:

Identifying (and whenever possible, pursuing) travel itineraries that are off the beaten path

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

One of the highlights of my position is the opportunity to teach courses on the politics of inequality and the role of public policy in them.

What most excites you about Cornell:

Its unique mission and founding principle, its sustainability initiatives, and the natural beauty that surrounds it.

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