David Rochefort

David Rochefort

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Political Science
education Ph.D., 1983, American Civilization
Brown University
Mailing address 313 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Selected Publications


(Coauthor with David Mechanic and Donna D. McAlpine) Mental Health and Social Policy: Beyond Managed Care, 6th ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2014).

(Senior author with Kevin P. Donnelly) Foreign Remedies: What the Experience of Other Nations Can Tell Us about Next Steps in Reforming U.S. Health Care (New York: Routledge, 2012).

(Editor) Quantitative Methods in Practice: Readings from PS (Washington DC: CQ Press, 2006).

(Editor, with Robert Hackey, and contributor) The New Politics of State Health Policy (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2001).

From Poorhouses to Homelessness: Policy Analysis and Mental Health Care, 2nd ed. (Westport, CT: Auburn House, 1997).

(Senior Editor, with Roger W. Cobb, and contributor)The Politics of Problem Definition: Shaping the Policy Agenda (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1994).

(Editor and Contributor) Handbook on Mental Health Policy in the United States (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1989).

American Social Welfare Policy: Dynamics of Formulation and Change (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1986).


(Coauthor with Kevin P. Donnelly) “The Lessons of Lesson Drawing: How the Obama Administration Attempted to Learn from Failure of the Clinton Health Plan,” Journal of Policy History, April 2012.

“Agenda Setting,” in Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, ed. Jack Rabin (New York: Marcel Dekker, 2005).

“Mental Health Policy,” in Poverty and Social Welfare in America: An Encyclopedia, ed. Gwendolyn Mink and Alice O’Connor (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004).

“The Role of Anecdotes in Regulating Managed Care,” Health Affairs 17 (November/December 1998): 142-149

(Senior author with Paula Goering) “‘More a Link than a Division’: How Canada Has Learned from U.S. Mental Health Policy,” Health Affairs 17 (September/October 1998): 110-127.

“Mental Health Policymaking in the Intergovernmental System,” in Sociology of Mental Health and Illness, ed. A. V. Horwitz and T. L. Scheid (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999).

Selected Honors & Awards

Practice-Oriented Education Award, Northeastern University, 2006 ($1,000)

College of Arts & Sciences, Northeastern University, Distinguished Professor, appointed 2001

Beverly Visiting Professor, The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, fall 1999

Honorable Mention, Gustavus Myers Center List of Outstanding Books on Human Rights, 1997, for From Poorhouses to Homelessness, 2nd ed.

Northeastern University Excellence-in-Teaching Award, June 1998 ($3,000). Renominated 2007, 2010

President’s Outstanding Service Award, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, 1998

Fulbright Scholar Award, University of Montreal, fall 1996

Board Member of the Year, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, 1995

Winner, 1994 Better Government Competition, Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research

Theodore Lowi Award for Outstanding Policy Studies Article of 1994, Policy Studies Organization

NIMH Postdoctoral Award, 1986-1987

Teaching Fellow, Brown University, spring 1980

Teaching Assistant, Brown University, 1975-1979

BA magna cum laude with departmental honors, Brandeis University, 1974

Brandeis University academic scholarships, 1970-1974