Jon Oberlander, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, Department of Social Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Dr. Oberlander received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1989 and his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1995.He has served as a research fellow in governmental studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in health policy at the University of California-Berkeley.Since 1997, he has been a member of the Department of Social Medicine in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where he teaches health policy to first and second year medical students as well as to undergraduates.He is the author of a forthcoming book on Medicare politics, Fractured Consensus: Medicare and American Politics, 1965-2001 (University of Chicago Press).He is now working on a second book on Medicare reform, funded by The Century Foundation and tentatively titled False Promises: Why the Market Canít Cure Medicare.His research interests include health politics, American health care policy, Medicare, state health reform, public policy for the elderly, the Oregon heath plan and market-based health policy.