Caitlin L. McMurtry, PhD

Assistant Professor, Brown School

Caitlin McMurtry (she/they) combines theories and methods from public health, economics, and political science to examine the politics of health in the United States. Their current research focuses on the magnitude and origins of political polarization during disease outbreaks, the causes and consequences of firearm deregulation, experiences of discrimination among Asian Americans, and the role of state ballot initiatives in health policy. Broadly, they aim to understand how public opinion and political processes affect health and inequity (and vice versa) in the U.S. Their experience working with officials in government sharpened McMurtry’s focus on the need for timely, actionable research that is easily understandable to policymakers and the public.