University of California
Ann Keller, PhD

Ann Keller, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
annk@berkeley.edu
510-642-7934
Fax: 510-643-6981

 
Creative Achievements
• Demonstration of scientists' influence in shaping environmental policy agendas
• Analysis of capacity for science assessment organizations to enhance their perceived credibility by creating stronger ties to policy-makers

Current Research Interests
• The role of scientific expertise in shaping environmental policy in the United States
• Organizational strategies used by science assessment organizations working in policy environments
• Learning and innovation in the application of public health programs (e.g., chronic disease and HIV/AIDS)
• Patient interest group activism and impacts on research communities
 
Key Publications
• Peter Alpert and Ann Keller 2003. The Ecology-Policy Interface: How Close is Too Close? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 1,1 (February).
• Alexandra von Meier, Jennifer Lynn Miller, and Ann Keller 1998. The Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium: A Comparison of Three Narrative Contexts. The Nonproliferation Review 5, 2 (Winter): 20-31.
• Todd R. LaPorte and Ann Keller 1996. Assuring Institutional Constancy: Requisite for Managing Long-Lived Hazards. Public Administration Review 56, 6 (November/December): 535-544.
 
Teaching
• Issues in Environmental Health Policy
• Health Policy in the United States: Expertise, Interests and Institutions (Ph.D. level)
• Health Policy Decision-Making and Analysis (Master’s level)
 
Honors
• Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Fellowship, 2002-2004.

Public & University Service
• Committee Member, Chemicals Policy Advisory Committee, California Policy Research Center, UC Office of the President and Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UC Berkeley University of California
• Committee Member, 2003 Don K. Price Award Committee, Science Technology, and Environmental Politics, American Political Science Association
• External Advisor, Flight Attendants Medical Research Initiative Environmental Tobacco Smoke Study, University of California, San Francisco
 
Brief Biography
Before accepting a faculty position in the Health Policy and Management division of the School of Public Health, Ann Keller was an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she was jointly appointed in the Political Science Department and the Environmental Studies program. Keller received her Ph.D. in political science from Berkeley (2001) and her B.A. in math and political science from Indiana University (1991). Keller’s training also includes a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Keller’s research sits on the boundary between political science, health and environmental policy, and science studies. Though she is pursuing a number of research projects, all are united by a common theme of exploring the nature and use of scientific and technical expertise in public decision making. Keller has published in the Public Administration Review on the question of institutional stability in managing long-lasting, hazardous wastes. Her work on the political frames operating in the debate surrounding weapons plutonium disposition appears in The Non-Proliferation Review. Currently, Keller currently has a book manuscript entitled Interested Scientists and Disinterested Science: the temptations of efficacy in environmental policy making under review at MIT Press. This book examines policy debates in the United States surrounding acid rain and climate change and demonstrates that scientists’ style of policy participation changes from one stage of the process to the next. In a related study, Keller is conducts a comparison of organizational strategies for maintaining credibility and relevance in applying scientific expertise to political decision-making. Keller is also pursuing two projects more firmly rooted in health policy. First, she is studying expertise and innovation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In connection with this research, Keller has applied for funding to compare the CDC’s HIV/AIDS prevention efforts applied in its Global AIDS Program. This research will compare CDC efforts in three GAP countries and analyze tensions between evidence-based models for intervention and the need to adaptation to local-level conditions. Finally, Keller’s newest research project involves the study of patient interest groups in the United States. The goal of this work is to learn about the impacts that these groups are having through the demands they are making in research communities that used to be relatively insulated from interest group lobbying.