Harvard Scholar to Deliver McGovern Lecture Oct. 24

Government Professor Daniel Carpenter Will Give Address on Health Care Regulation

The University of Houston (UH) has invited Daniel Carpenter, a noted professor in government, to deliver the John P. McGovern Endowed Lecture in Family, Health and Human Values at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 24 at the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library. Carpenter

Carpenter is the Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University, as well as the director of the Social Sciences Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study.

His research focuses on public bureaucracies and government regulation, particularly the regulation of health and financial products. His talk is titled, “How Regulation Makes Markets in American Health Care.”

“With health care reform and the implications of the Affordable Care Act at the center of the news right now, Dr. Carpenter’s work on health policy and regulation is especially timely,” said Catherine Patterson, College of Liberal Arts (CLASS) and Social Sciences associate dean of graduate studies and professor of history at UH. “We are excited to invite him to our campus for the McGovern Lecture. 

His book, “Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA,” received the 2011 Allan Sharlin Memorial Award from the Social Science History Association.  For the research of his book, Carpenter looked beyond the FDA’s archives and compiled records from Houston’s M.D. Anderson, the Mayo Clinic and other research hospitals, as well as drug companies, medical associations and other researchers to develop a full picture of the FDA’s global influence and impact.

The John P. McGovern Endowment was established in 1999 and supports the John P. McGovern Annual Award Lectureship in Family, Health, and Human Values in CLASS at UH. The series focuses on speakers with notable expertise in the area of family, health and human values. Each speaker is presented with the John P. McGovern Award Medal.


John P. McGovern Endowed Lecture
Harvard Government Professor Daniel Carpenter,
“How Regulation Makes Markets in American Health Care”


Thursday, October 24
Reception: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Lecture: 6:30- 8 p.m.


University of Houston
Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library
Entrance 1 off Calhoun Road
Parking is available in the UH Welcome Center Garage

WHO:  Free and open to the public.
About the University of Houston

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