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Christa Altenstetter
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Heidelberg University
Research Interests: comparative public policy, health policy, policy-making in the European Union
Christa Altenstetter, PhD, an expert in comparative public policy, health policy, and policy-making in the European Union (EU), focuses on understanding health care reform from a comparative perspective, the impact of EU-level developments on member states’ health policies, and international and cross-national regulation in health care. She holds a PhD from Heidelberg University, was a postdoctoral fellow at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University, directed a research project at the School of Public Health at Yale University, and frequently worked as a consultant to health authorities abroad and the World Health Organization (WHO).Dr. Altenstetter is the author of Medical Devices: European Union Policymaking and the Implementation of Patient Health and Safety in France (2008) and the forthcoming Medical Technology in Japan: The Politics of Regulation (2014). She also edited or co-edited the following volumes:Innovation in Health Policy and Service Delivery (1981), Comparative Health Policy and the New Right: From Rhetoric to Reality (1991), Health Policy Reform, National Variations and Globalization (1997), and Health Policy (1998).
An active member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Dr. Altenstetter founded and directed the IPSA research committee on comparative health policy. Dr. Altenstetter is currently a Professor of Political Science with a dual appointment at the CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College. She serves as Deputy Executive Officer of the Political Science department at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Interim Director of the European Union Studies Center at the Graduate Center.