Jody Heymann, MD, PhD is the Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Founding Director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center. An unprecedented effort to improve the level and quality of comparative policy data available to policymakers, researchers and the public, WORLD examines health and social policies and outcomes in all 193 UN countries.
Dr. Heymann previously held a Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Social Policy at McGill University where she was the founding director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy. While on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, she founded the Project on Global Working Families.
Dr. Heymann has authored and edited more than 250 publications, including 17 books. Selected titles include Changing Children’s Chances (Harvard University Press, 2013), Making Equal Rights Real (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Lessons in Educational Equality (Oxford University Press, 2012), Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic (Oxford University Press, 2012), Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder (Harvard Business Press, 2010), Raising the Global Floor(Stanford University Press, 2009), Trade and Health (McGill Queens University Press, 2007), Forgotten Families (Oxford University Press, 2006), and Healthier Societies (Oxford University Press, 2006).
Dr. Heymann has received numerous honors, including election to the national Institute of Medicine in 2013 and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012. She has worked with leaders in North American, European, African, and Latin American governments as well as a wide range of intergovernmental organizations including the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF, and UNESCO.
Dr. Heymann’s findings have been featured on CNN Headline News; MSNBC; Good Morning America; Fox News; National Public Radio’s All Things Considered; Fresh Air and Marketplace; in The New York Times; Washington Post; Los Angeles Times; Business Week, Inc; Portfolio; Forbes India and USA Today among other internationally and nationally syndicated programs and press.
Ashley ArmstrongResearch ManagerTel: 310 825 7322aarmstrong (at) ph.ucla.edu
Ashley Armstrong received her BA in Psychology and MA in Health Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to joining the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, she worked as the Research Manager of a bio-behavioral team at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Ashley has been involved in a range of interventional trials, program evaluations and knowledge translation activities. Her research has primarily focused on the treatment of tobacco addiction, behavioral interventions targeting risk factors related to chronic disease, and the impacts of treatment interventions on health-care utilization. Ashley's areas of interest include the social ecological determinants of health and well-being, healthcare policies, impact of behavioral interventions on health-care utilization and quantitative research methods.
Rachel BleetmanPolicy AnalystTel: 310 825 8543rbleetman (at) ph.ucla.edu
Rachel Bleetman received her Bachelor's degree in Government from the London School of Economics and her Master's degree in Political Science with a European focus from McGill University. For both these degrees, she focused her independent research on the European Court of Human Rights and the role of this European judicial system on national human rights. Most recently, her work focused on the implications of Brexit and human rights law in the UK. Other research projects include work on environmental regulators and dispute resolution, the British constitutional implications of Brexit and compiling data on political leadership. She previously worked for the UK Civil Service, working on a range of domestic and foreign policy issues.
Bijetri BoseSenior Research AnalystTel: 310 983 3076bbose (at) ph.ucla.edu
Bijetri Bose is an economist with expertise in the statistical analysis of social policy using regression and experimental methodologies. She received her BA and MA in Economics in India, after which she moved to Seattle for doctoral studies. Her research focuses on the effective functioning of nonprofit organizations as tools of social change; gender gap in social outcomes such as education and the impacts of income inequality. During this time she also worked as a Research Assistant on land right related issues in Landesa, a nonprofit organization in Seattle. In 2015, she completed her PhD in Economics from the University of Washington, Seattle and went onto work as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin College. Here she was able to collaborate with students working on issues relating to immigration and education. Bijetri joined the WORLD Policy Analysis Center in June 2016 to contribute to its data-driven efforts towards improving human lives.
Nicolas de Guzman ChornySenior Policy Analyst Tel: 310 825 7116ndeguzman (at) ph.ucla.edu
Nicolas De Guzman Chorny received his BA in Political Science and Liberal Arts from Concordia University, and his MA in Political Science from McGill University. Prior to joining the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, he worked for the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University researching and analyzing public policies for all UN member states. He also worked for Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, designing and implementing public policies to improve the conditions of Colombian migrants around the world, and for Bogota’s Energy Company, overseeing sustainable development projects in rural communities as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Alison EarleSenior Research Analystaearle (at) ph.ucla.edu
Alison Earle, PhD, is a Senior Research Analyst at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center. Dr. Earle’s research focuses on how labor and employment policies affect the health, wellbeing, and economic security of working families in the United States and worldwide. While at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Earle was the Co-director with Dr. Jody Heymann of the Project on Global Working Families, and managed a large research team developing the first truly global labor policy database, the Work, Family, Equity Index. Dr. Earle conducted some of the first national studies on disparities in access to paid leave and schedule flexibility in the United States, and the first globally comparative analysis of paid sick days policies. Earle has over 60 publications and with co-author Dr. Jody Heymann, published her first book Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling the Myth that We Can’t Afford Good Working Conditions for Everyone (Stanford University Press, 2010). Dr. Earle has provided expert testimony at Massachusetts congressional hearings on proposed paid family and medical leave and paid sick days legislation, and at U.S. congressional briefings on afterschool policy and funding. Earle received the 2006 Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis Best Article Award for her article examining the link between economic competitiveness and paid sick days policy and the 2014 Lawrence Klein Award for the Best Article in Monthly Labor Review for her article examining job characteristics of minority and immigrant working parents. She taught courses on the translation of public health research into action, and the effects of social policy on children’s health. Dr. Earle received an M.P.P. from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Daniel FrankenPolicy AnalystTel: 310 825 7117dfranken (at) ph.ucla.edu
Daniel Franken is an economic historian with a background in historical anthropometrics and policy evaluation. Prior to joining the WORLD team in June 2016, Daniel earned his BS in International Affairs at Georgetown University and his PhD in History at UCLA. His dissertation, “Growing Taller, yet Falling Short: Policy, Health, and Living Standards in Brazil, 1850-1950,” examines long-term trends in stature in light of broad socio-political transformations. Some of his interests include: the influence of income inequality on health differentials; aging and longevity; maternal and child health; as well as malaria and neglected tropical diseases.
David GodfreyPolicy AnalystTel: 310 983 3678dgodfrey (at) ph.ucla.edu
David Godfrey received his BA in Spanish and French from Seattle Pacific University and his MA in International Affairs from The New School. Prior to joining the WORLD Policy Analysis Center in July 2015, he worked as a Programme Consultant at the United Nations Development Programme headquarters in New York. His work at UNDP focused on raising the profile of sustainable development initiatives led by indigenous and local communities with the end goal of influencing national and international development policy. Some of David’s varied interests include: the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity, combatting the illegal wildlife trade, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and LGBT rights.
Kate HuhWriter/EditorTel: 310 825 2435khuh (at) ph.ucla.edu
Kate Huh is a Writer/Editor at WORLD. Previously, she studied feminist activism in South Korea as a Blakemore Freeman Fellow in Seoul and studied Mandarin as a Richard U. Light Fellow in Beijing and Harbin. Kate received her BA in Literature from Yale University and has worked at East Rock Institute, Yale University Press, and the Yale Women's Center. Her interests include comparative law and the relationship between linguistic and social change.
Judy JouPolicy AnalystTel: 310 825 566jjou (at) ph.ucla.edu
Judy Jou is a health services researcher whose work examines policy approaches to improving health and health care in the U.S. and worldwide. She received her PhD in Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration from the University of Minnesota, where her research addressed issues related to health communication and politics, social determinants of health, and patient-centered care. Her dissertation explored the associations between maternity leave policies in the U.S. and women’s health, employment, and insurance outcomes during the peripartum period. Prior to earning her doctorate, she spent several years in Asia and Europe, interning with UNICEF China in Beijing and completing a Fulbright teaching assistantship in Austria. She holds a BA in Psychology from Yale University and MA degrees in Public Policy and International Relations from the University of York and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, as part of the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus scholars’ program.
Michael McCormackPolicy Analyst310 825 7461mmccormack (at) ph.ucla.edu
Michael McCormack received BAs in Political Science and Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MA in Applied Economics from the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research interests include labor economics, economic development, the political economy of household debt and progressive economic policy. Prior to working at WORLD, he worked as an economic policy associate at The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank based in New York City. He was also a researcher at the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston and an organizer in the student and labor movement at UMass Amherst with the Student Labor Action Project.
Gonzalo MoreonoPolicy Analystgmoreno (at) ph.ucla.edu
Gonzalo Moreno is a Policy Analyst at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, where he works mainly on research and dissemination projects that utilize the Constitutions database. He received BAs in Translation at the University of Malaga and in International Development at the University of Guelph, and completed his MA in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Before joining WORLD, he was the project manager of MACHEquity, a collaborative project between McGill University and UCLA to better understand how changes in policy can affect the health and wellbeing of households in low- and middle-income countries. Before MACHEquity Gonzalo worked on various research projects at McGill, including coordinating the conference and publications of Disability and Equity. Gonzalo’s main research interests include the importance of non-health policies as social determinants of health, global health initiatives and financing, and the political economy of development assistance.
Nicholas PerrySenior Research Analyst – Outreach Coordinator310 983 3350 nperry (at) ph.ucla.edu
Nicholas Perry is a Senior Research Analyst and the Outreach Coordinator at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center. In addition to research work on work and family, education, poverty, and aging policy issues, Nicholas coordinates WORLD’s global research and dissemination partnerships with policymakers, civil society organizations, funders, and the public at large. In this outreach work, Nicholas works with the WORLD team to develop and disseminate tools that translate newly available law and policy data into evidence-based decision making and increased transparency and accountability. Nicholas leads WORLD’s collaborative work across the UCLA campus, with academic partners around the globe, with on the ground civil society organizations, and with intergovernmental organizations looking to translate policy into impact. Nicholas’ professional background includes work in direct political engagement, political polling and messaging, and grassroots political organizing. Nicholas received his BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Southern California.
Brianna PiercePolicy Analyst310 825 7433bpierce (at) ph.ucla.edu
Brianna Pierce received her B.A. in Psychology, minoring in Global Poverty & Practice, from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, she worked for USC Price School International Initiatives, Community Health Councils, Relief International, and was a UC Berkeley Blum Center for Developing Economies Fellow at the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. She has worked on a range of research and outreach projects including refugee integration and resettlement, migrant rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, early childhood education, and child labor prevention in the U.S., Peru, Ghana, Hong Kong, and Mexico.
Milad PournikPolicy Analyst310 825 7107mpournik (at) ph.ucla.edu
Milad Pournik received a Master’s in Global Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, and a Master’s in Economics and International Relations from the University of St. Andrews. Prior to joining the WORLD Policy Analysis Center in July 2016, Milad worked with Management Systems International to analyze USAID-funded programs to advance women’s leadership. He also worked for the Gender Cross Cutting Solution Area of the World Bank Group to publish a report on the Better Work program and launch the Voice and Agency report. Milad served as Research Associate with the Global Gender Program at George Washington University where he published working papers on women in peace and security and on CSOs supporting women and girls in Iran.
Amy RaubPrincipal Research Analystaraub (at) ph.ucla.edu
Amy Raub is the Principal Research Analyst of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center and is responsible for the translation of WORLD’s comparative policy research on all 193 UN countries to findings for policymakers, citizens, civil society, and researchers. Amy has been deeply involved with the development of WORLD's databases on constitutional rights, laws, and policies since 2008. She has presented WORLD’s findings to UN human rights committees, civil society groups, and at international conferences. Her publications include statistical analyses of the relationship between policies and outcomes, overviews of the status of constitutional rights globally, and assessments of whether countries are meeting their international commitments in human rights conventions. Amy received her BA in Economics from Rice University and her MS in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. She has a background in statistical analysis for economic consulting including the examination of disparities based on race, gender, and age in a variety of topics, including mortgage lending, police stops, and employment issues.
Parama SigurdsenOperations ManagerTel: 310 825 7126psigurdsen (at) ph.ucla.edu
Parama Sigurdsen completed her BSS and MSS in Anthropology from University of Dhaka. Before joining the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at UCLA she worked at McGill University, Canada researching child labor policies around the world and how social protections, or lack thereof, effect the life chances of children surviving through economic and socio-political upheaval. Parama also worked at the Disaster Preparedness Unit of UNICEF Bangladesh, as well as on healthcare seeking behavior among the urban slum populations at ICDDR,B.
Aleta SpragueSenior Legal Analyst310 983-3256asprague (at) ph.ucla.edu
Aleta Sprague is a Senior Legal Analyst at WORLD, where she leads WORLD’s written and transmedia communications and examines the intersections among constitutional rights, case law, and national policy development in advancing social and economic equality across different legal systems. Previously, Aleta was a policy analyst at New America, a public policy think tank, where her research focused on poverty, access to public assistance programs, and financial inclusion for low-income communities. She also previously served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force. Aleta received her BA in Anthropology and French from New York University and her JD from UCLA School of Law, where she focused on international law and human rights and completed a specialization in Critical Race Studies. She is a member of the California and New York state bars.
Willetta WaisathSenior Research Analyst310 983-3078wwaisath (at) ph.ucla.edu
Willetta Waisath is a Senior Research Analyst at WORLD, where she guides the development of law and policy databases, contributes to analysis, and supports the translation and dissemination of policy data to diverse stakeholders. Prior to WORLD, she worked in a range of quantitative and qualitative research projects including: access to early childhood care and education, health needs assessments, reproductive health education, sexual risk behavior, violence against children, and social interactions embedded in physical activity. Early in her career, her work supported community-based programs focused on healthy child development and family violence prevention. Willetta received her BA in Psychology from Coe College and her MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.
Ross WeistrofferPolicy Analyst310 825-7447rweistroffer (at) ph.ucla.edu
Ross Weistroffer is a Policy Analyst at WORLD with a background in researching complex and systemic public policy issues. He has worked for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Genocide Prevention Task Force, and the World Peace Foundation. His previous work has included examinations of how mass atrocities end and the role of markets in botnet prevention efforts. He received a BA in history and a BA in international studies from American University, and graduated from the Law and Diplomacy masters program at Tufts University’s Fletcher School with a concentration in mass atrocities and public international law.
Elizabeth WongPolicy Analyst310 983 3601ewong (at) ph.ucla.edu
Elizabeth Wong is a Policy Analyst at WORLD with a background in public health research. Her interest in global health was sparked during an intensive internship in China’s Yunnan Province studying heart disease trends among rural farmers. Prior to joining WORLD in May 2016, she worked at the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research as a Project Manager for a national panel study exploring the health behaviors of U.S. military families. Elizabeth has a qualitative and quantitative research background working on domestic and global projects addressing issues such as veteran’s health, park accessibility and physical activity, and women’s sexual and reproductive health. She received a BA in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine, and an MPH in Community Health Sciences from the Fielding School of Public Health.