Key publications from lab contributors that explore the significance of governance and politics for understanding public health policy decision-making, implementation and outcomes.


Scott L. Greer, Elizabeth J. King, Elize Massard da Fonseca, André Peralta-Santos, Editors. Coronavirus Politics: The Comparative Politics and Policy of COVID-19. University of Michigan Press 2021.

Falkenbach, Michelle F. and Scott L. Greer. The Populist Radical Right and Health: National and Global Trends. Springer Nature 2021. 

Willison, Charley E. Ungoverned and Out of Sight: Public Health and the Political Crisis of Homelessness in the United States. Oxford University Press 2021. 

Open-Access Peer Reviewed Articles:

Charley Willison, Naquia Unwala*, Phillip M. Singer, Timothy Creedon, Brian McMullin, Benjamin Lê Cook. Persistent Disparities: Trends in Rates of Sheltered Homelessness Across Demographic Subgroups in the USA. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 2023. DOI:


Charley Willison, Michelle Falkenbach, Scott L. Greer, Phillip M. Singer. Backsliding Among Indicators of Democratic Stability Relevant to Public Health: Risks in OECD Nations. World Medical and Health Policy. 2022. DOI:

Scott L. Greer, Elize Massard da Fonseca, Minakshi Raj, Charley Willison. Institutions and the politics of agency in COVID-19 response: Federalism, executive authority, and public health in Brazil, India and the United States. Journal of Social Policy. 2022. DOI: 

Charley E. Willison, Phillip M. Singer, Melissa S. Creary, Soha Vaziri, Jerry Stott, Scott L. Greer. How to Solve a Problem Like Maria? The politics of disaster response in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. World Medical and Health Policy. 2021. DOI:

Charley E. Willison, Denise Lillvis, Amanda Mauri, Phillip M. Singer. Technically Accessible, Practically Ineligible: The Effects of Medicaid Expansion Implementation on Chronic Homelessness. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 2021 Dec 1; 46(6): 1019–1052. doi: 10.1215/03616878-9349142

Phillip Singer, Charley Willison, Scott Greer. Infectious disease, public health, and politics: United States

response to Ebola and Zika. Journal of Public Health Policy. 2020 Aug 3: 1–11. DOI:

White Papers, Policy Briefs, and Perspectives

Naquia A. Unwala. Housing and Healthcare Policy Brief: Tompkins County. Public Health Governance Lab. May 2023.

Katherine Levine Einstein and Charley Willison. Cities, Zoning, and the Fragmented Response to Homelessness. Boston University Initiative on Cities. January 2023.

Katherine Levine Einstein and Charley E. Willison. Mayors and America’s Homelessness Crisis: 2021 Menino Survey of Mayors. Boston University Initiative on Cities. January 2022.

Kasia Klasa, Naquia Unwala, Scott L. Greer, Julia A. Wolfson, Charley E. Willison. Continuums of Care Survey 2020: Results and Recommendations. Public Health Governance Lab. December 2021. 

Charley E. Willison. United States Commission on Civil Rights. Testimony of Charley E. Willison before the United States Commission on Civil Rights: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s role in disaster preparedness and response to Hurricanes María in Puerto Rico and Harvey in Texas. June 2021.

Charley E. Willison, Iris A. Holmes. Isolated Coronavirus Policies and Models Create Perverse Incentives for Disaster Preparedness. Milbank Quarterly Opinion. July 30, 2020.