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The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina is a multidisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of politics, policies and ideas.

Growth of Pell Center Fellows Program Continues with Naming of Two New Fellows

Newport, RI—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University today announced the appointment of two new fellows. Joining a growing group of scholars and policy innovators are Dr. Robert Hackey and Ms. Carolyn Deady.

Robert Hackey is Program Director and professor of Health Policy and Management at Providence College. “We’re lucky to have Dr. Hackey join the fellows at the Pell Center,” said Dr. Jim Ludes, executive director of the Pell Center. “He’s helped build a distinctive program at PC that examines the relationship between healthcare and our broader society. That kind of focus and interest is exactly what the Pell Center is about, and we’re delighted to work with him.”

Hackey will be a visiting fellow at the Pell Center in the Spring of 2014 while on sabbatical from Providence, until then he will be affiliated as an adjunct fellow. “I met Bob almost two years ago,” said Ludes, “and was immediately drawn to his work. We have a project at the Pell Center examining the role of storytelling in public affairs, and Bob’s own scholarship has focused on how the way we talk about crises in healthcare have distorted public policy. His work is a terrific addition to what’s happening at the Pell Center.”

“My work on the rhetoric of health care reform and the use of symbols and stories in policy debates parallels the Pell Center’s recent initiatives on storytelling in the public square,” Professor Hackey said. “I look forward to sharing my work with the community at Salve Regina University.”

Also joining the team of fellows at the Pell Center is Carolyn Deady. “I have known Carolyn Deady for more than a decade,” said Ludes, “back to the time when she was responsible for C-SPAN’s coverage of international politics. She understands better than most that the challenges we face in the United States are not necessarily unique, and I’m excited about the project she’ll lead at the Pell Center.”

Deady will develop a project on global challenges—examining seemingly insurmountable U.S. domestic policy issues like healthcare, immigration, an aging population, and the affordability of higher education from an international perspective. “Carolyn’s project is exciting,” said Ludes, “because she gets to turn the lens on American politics and look at the way other countries have dealt with—and in some cases solved—challenges that have proven so difficult in the American experience.” Initial studies are expected to be completed this autumn.

“Looking at domestic challenges from an international perspective is an under-appreciated approach,” said Deady. “There’s sometimes a tendency to take a myopic approach toward our own challenges when possibly much could be learned from other societies which have addressed similar issues.”

Full biographies follow and are available with photographs at:

Robert Hackey

Day Job: Program Director/Professor of Health Policy and Management, Providence College

Areas of Expertise: Health care reform at state and national levels, health care in popular culture, health care regulation of hospitals, certificate of need regulation, public opinion and health care, language and public policy/problem definition

Robert B. Hackey is professor of Health Policy and Management at Providence College. He is the author of Cries of Crisis: Rethinking the Health Care Debate published in 2012 by the University of Nevada Press. His previous books include The New Politics of State Health Policy (University Press of Kansas, 2001) and Rethinking Health Care Policy: The New Politics of State Regulation (Georgetown University Press, 1997), co-edited with David Rochefort. His articles on health care reform, hospital regulation, and certificate-of-need laws have appeared in the Journal of Economic Issues, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, the Journal of Trauma, and Medical Care Review, among others. In 2008, he was recognized as Professor of the Year for the State of Rhode Island by the Carnegie/CASE U.S. Professors of the Year Program.

Carolyn Deady

Areas of Expertise: World legislatures, international media, Congressional affairs, media analysis, education

Carolyn Deady is a freelance journalist and former international producer at C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) in Washington, DC. While at C-SPAN, she was the liaison with world legislatures, obtaining coverage of parliamentary proceedings for broadcast. She also worked with television networks worldwide in getting foreign newscasts to offer the C-SPAN audience an international perspective on events affecting the United States. Ms. Deady also covered multiple parliamentary and presidential races in the field, including the British House of Commons and the Mexican Presidential race of 2000. She also field produced programming of U.S. Congressional and presidential elections. Ms. Deady is also an adjunct fellow at the American Security Project, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization based in Washington, DC.

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