from the University of Arkansas (magna cum laude) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1992. He has served as a legislative assistant for the Honorable John Paul Hammerschmidt of the US House of Representatives, as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, as a senior evaluator at the US General Accounting Office, and as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mark studies American politics and public policy, especially social welfare policy, including health, education, and welfare. He is writing a series of papers on grading ethics. He has written Fatal Extraction: The Story Behind the Florida Dentist Accused of Infecting His Patients with HIV and Poisoning Public Health (Jossey-Bass, 1997), Public Spirit in the Thrift Tragedy (University of Pittsburgh, 1996), and Welfare Magnets: A New Case for a National Welfare Standard (Brookings Institution, 1990, with Paul E. Peterson), among other book chapters and articles.
His most recent publications include "The Scholarly Conference: Do We Want Authority and Tradition or Democracy and Markets?" "Below the (Bible) Belt: Religion and Sexuality Education in American Public Schools" and "Grading More Accurately". His dissertation, The Thrift Tragedy: Are Politicians and Bureaucrats to Blame?, was the co-winner of the 1993 Harold Lasswell Award from the American Political Science Association as the best dissertation in the public policy field.
Mark loves to teach. At the McCourt SchoolI, he has led courses in Ethics and Values in Public Policy, the Public Policy Process, Quantitative Methods, among others. While at Georgetown, he has been selected as a Teaching Fellow (through CNDLS) and three times has been selected by the students as the outstanding faculty member in the Graduate Public Policy Institute.
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