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Ann C. ​Keller, PhD

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Ann C. Keller is an Associate Professor of Health Politics and Policy whose research projects focus on exploring the nature and use of scientific and technical expertise in public decision making.
Phone: (510) 642-7934
Address: 2121 Berkeley Way #5132
Berkeley, CA 94720


Ann C. Keller is Associate Professor of Health Politics and Policy at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. 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 studies the politics of science and expertise in public policy, focusing on environmental, health and technological innovation. Recent publications focus on how politics shapes aspects of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She is currently Principal Investigator of a grant funded by the National Science Foundation’s Science of Science and Innovation Policy studying public sector responses to CRISPR/Cas-9 and automated vehicle innovations. She is also researching the effects of hyperpolarization on executive branch agency capacity and studies the management challenges involved in responding to infectious disease outbreaks.

Research Interests

  • Managing expertise in public health organizations (CDC, FDA, EPA, DOT)
  • Science in environmental policy making
  • Executive branch effects of political polarization
  • Patient interest group advocacy; healthcare politics
  • Organization and expertise in pandemic response


  • PhD – Political Science
    University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • MA – Political Science
    University of California, Berkeley, 1993
  • BA – Mathematics and Political Science
    Indiana University, 1991


Courses Taught

    • PH 220
    • Health Policy Decision Making
    • PH 220F
    • Politics, Policy and Democracy in Environmental Health
    • PH 230
    • Advanced Health Policy Analysis
    • PhD Seminar
    • PH 293
    • Health Policy in the United States: Expertise, Interests, and Institutions
    • PhD Seminar