Elizabeth Rigby is an Assistant Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public
Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University. Her research
examines the interplay of politics, policy, and social inequality. In current projects,
Rigby examines the representation of the poor across state legislatures, public opinion
regarding inequality and redistribution, and the role of partisanship in the 2009-2010
health care reform debate. Her research has been published in a range of journals
including: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Political Research Quarterly,
Policy Studies Journal, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, and Social Science Quarterly.
Rigby holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) in Politics and Education from Columbia
University. In addition, she received post-doctoral training in population health at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar.
Complimenting this academic training, Rigby has worked at the intersection of politics,
policy, and inequality in a range of roles. These include: coordinating a state-wide
lobbying campaign, consulting with state policymakers on design of early childhood
education programs, teaching in a large urban school district, and conducting evaluation
research in Head Start programs. Together these experiences convinced her of the
importance of structural and institutional influences on both individual outcomes and the
inequalities we see among population sub-groups. This conviction motivates her work
illuminating the causes and consequences of public policy in our society.
Politics of Inequality