Before accepting a faculty position in the Health Policy and Management division of the School of Public Health, Ann Keller was an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she was jointly appointed in the Political Science Department and the Environmental Studies program. Keller received her Ph.D. in political science from Berkeley (2001) and her B.A. in math and political science from Indiana University (1991). Keller’s training also includes a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program.
Keller’s research sits on the boundary between political science, health and environmental policy, and science studies. Though she is pursuing a number of research projects, all are united by a common theme of exploring the nature and use of scientific and technical expertise in public decision making. Keller is pursuing two projects more firmly rooted in health policy. First, she is studying expertise and innovation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In connection with this research, Keller has applied for funding to compare the CDC’s HIV/AIDS prevention efforts applied in its Global AIDS Program. This research will compare CDC efforts in three GAP countries and analyze tensions between evidence-based models for intervention and the need to adaptation to local-level conditions. Finally, Keller’s newest research project involves the study of patient interest groups in the United States. The goal of this work is to learn about the impacts that these groups are having through the demands they are making in research communities that used to be relatively insulated from interest group lobbying.