• Herschel Nachlis
Assistant Professor of Government


I study and teach American politics and public law, focusing on health and social policy.  My research examines the political development of mental health policy in the United States, and relates variation in the policymaking capacities of political institutions and their interactions to expansion and change in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues.  I am also interested in the politics of health and disease more generally, as well as regulatory policy, diversity and representation in legal and bureaucratic institutions, and the connections between policy and well-being.  I teach intermediate and advanced courses in public policy, law and politics, and health policy.


B.A., Macalester College; M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University (Department of Politics and Program in Social Policy)