Elizabeth Rigby, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Rigby

Assistant Professor, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC,
[email protected]

Dr. Rigby is an Assistant Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University where she teaches courses on the role of politics in the policymaking process.  

Current Research

Dr. Rigby's research examines the interplay of politics, public policy, and social inequalities, such as health disparities, educational achievement gaps and income inequality, in the United States.  This work has been published in a range of journals including: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, American Journal of Political Science, Health Affairs, and Political Research Quarterly.  


Dr. Rigby holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from Columbia University.  In addition, she received post-doctoral training in population health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar. Complimenting this academic training, Rigby has worked at the intersection of politics, policy, and inequality in a range of roles.  These include: coordinating a state-wide lobbying campaign, consulting with state policymakers on design of early childhood education programs, teaching in a large urban school district, and conducting evaluation research in Head Start programs. Together these experiences convinced her of the importance of structural and institutional influences on both individual outcomes and the inequalities we see among population subgroups. This conviction motivates her work illuminating the causes and consequences of public policy in our society.



How the National Prevention Council can overcome key challenges and improve Americans' health. Rigby E. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Nov;30(11):2149-56. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0718. PMID: 22068408

The Impact of Child Care Subsidy Use on Child Care Quality. Ryan RM, Johnson A, Rigby E, Brooks-Gunn J. Early Child Res Q. 2011;26(3):320-331. PMID: 21874092

Public values, health inequality, and alternative notions of a "fair" response. Blacksher E, Rigby E, Espey C. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2010 Dec;35(6):889-920. doi: 10.1215/03616878-2010-033. PMID: 21451157

Classes Taught

PSYD 6211  LGBT Health Capstone Project