education & Work History
Kathryn Quissell is currently a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. She has an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a BA in Gender Studies from Northwestern University. Prior to her PhD program she worked for several women's rights and health organizations, including: NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Council of Women World Leaders, and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.
For most of her professional career Kathryn has worked to promote evidence-based health policy, both domestically and globally. In this work she encountered a common frustration: political will to address women's health issues was often lacking, and little was known about the dynamics of the policymaking process, how these dynamics varied across countries, and how advocates could ultimately influence these processes. This frustration inspired Kathryn to study the politics of health policymaking. Currently, her research investigates: (1) what makes some global health policy networks more effective than others in garnering resources and attention for their issues; (2) what is the influence of disease-related stigma on agenda setting and resource allocation; and (3) how does emotion and moral judgment influence an individual's willingness to provide treatment to stigmatized patients and social groups.