Associate Professor Mary A. Clark


mclark  Contact information

   315 Norman Mayer bldg.
   New Orleans, LA. 70118


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   Tel: (504) 862 - 8305



Current Courses

POLC 230  - Introduction to Comparative Politics

A comparison of various political processes and structures among selected countries designed to identify and highlight significant differences among various political models and practices.

POLC 402 - Controversies in Global Public Health

This class explores the politics of global public health.  As political scientists, we are interested in controversies as they arise around issues such as the control of infectious diseases, the use of vaccines, research on vulnerable populations, and the division of public and private responsibility for “lifestyle” diseases.  We are also interested in what political conditions lead to effective, broad-based public interventions in population health as measured by variables such as infant mortality.  Our inquiry is global in the sense that we will study these issues in the context of developing and developed countries and consider the role of international actors.  We are interested in what governments and international organizations can and ought to do about public health problems.

POLC 610 - Politics & Health

This course examines health care as a policy arena, one in which governments, private sectors, providers, and consumers attempt to influence the design and delivery of health services.  These decisions are inherently political because the quality of health care so directly affects our lives and because most would agree that some access to it is a fundamental human right.  In addition, the skyrocketing costs of health care are generating enormous debates over the efficiency, equality, and limits of these services.

Research Interests

U.S. health policy (esp. public hospitals and other safety-net institutions), Latin American health policy


Curriculum Vitae

Tulane University, Political Science Dept, 316 Norman Mayer Bldg, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5166