Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Elizabeth  Rigby

Elizabeth  Rigby

Title — Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration

Office — MPA 601C

Phone — (202) 994-6196; Fax: (202) 994-6792

E-mail —

Areas of Expertise —

Politics of Poverty and Inequality, Health and Social Policy Analysis, Policy Design, Policy Process, Federalism


Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005


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Elizabeth Rigby is an Assistant Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. Her research examines the interplay of politics, policy, and social inequality. In current projects, Rigby studies the representation of the poor across state legislatures, public opinion regarding health disparities, and other forms of social inequality, and the political dynamics surrounding enactment and implementation of federal health care reform. Her research has been published in a range of journals including: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Policy Studies Journal, and Political Research 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 Foundation Health and Society Scholar.