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Eric M. Patashnik

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Governance Studies

Eric M. Patashnik is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings. He is the Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Brown University. Before coming to Brown, Patashnik held faculty positions at University of Virginia, UCLA, and Yale. He previously served as associate dean and acting dean at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at University of Virginia.

Patashnik is the author and editor of several books including “Countermobilization: Policy Feedback and Backlash in a Polarized Age” (University of Chicago Press, 2023), “Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine” (with Alan Gerber and Conor Dowling, Princeton University Press, 2017), “Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted” (Princeton University Press, 2008), and “Putting Trust in the US Budget: Federal Trust Funds and the Politics of Commitment” (Cambridge University Press, 2000). He has twice won the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration and also won the Don K. Price Book Award of the American Political Science Association. He was a research fellow at Brookings during 1995-96, served as chair of Brown’s political science department during 2021-24, was president of the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association during 2017-18, and was the editor of “Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law” during 2016-2019.

Patashnik received both his M.P.P. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Politics of policy reform
    • Entitlements
    • Health care
    • Budgeting
  • Current Positions

    • Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Brown University
  • Past Positions

    • Director of the Brown Public Policy Program
    • Editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
    • Professor of Public Policy and Politics and Associate Dean, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
    • Assistant Professor, UCLA School of Public Affairs
    • Assistant Professor, Yale University
    • Research Fellow, Brookings Institution
    • Legislative Analyst, House Subcommittee on Elections
  • Education

    • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
    • M.P.P., University of California, Berkeley
    • B.A., University of Virginia
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