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About Elizabeth Rigby

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.


Present Faculty Member, Policy Studies Organization
Present Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Public Administration, The George Washington University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Politics of Poverty & Inequality, Health, Education and Social Policy, Policymaking Process, and State Politics

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Contact Information

Trachtenberg School
George Washington University
805 21st St., NW
Suite 601
Washington, DC 20052


Politics of Inequality (5)

Policy Process (4)

Policy Analysis (3)