Ann Keller

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies

Ann Keller is an assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health and received her Ph.D. in political science from Berkeley. Her research focuses on the use of scientific and technical expertise in public decision making. She has published in the Public Administration Review on the question of institutional stability in managing long-lasting, hazardous wastes. Her work on the political frames operating in the debate surrounding weapons plutonium disposition appears in The Non-Proliferation Review. Recently, she has begun a study of the development and maintenance of expertise at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the face of shifting trends in national morbidity and mortality. Keller currently has a book manuscript entitled Interested Scientists and Disinterested Science: the temptations of efficacy in environmental policy making under review at MIT Press. This book examines policy debates in the United States surrounding acid rain and climate change and demonstrates that scientists’ style of policy participation changes from one stage of the process to the next.  In a related study, she is researching organizational strategies for maintaining credibility and relevance in applying scientific expertise to political decision-making. Her teaching areas include environmental politics and health policy in the United States; public administration and organization theory; and science and technology policy. Keller’s newest research project involves the study of patient interest groups in the United States. This work examines the impact of the groups's demands on research communities formerly insulated from interest group lobbying.

last updated: March 26th, 2018