Professor Shanna Rose offers policy lessons for a polarized era

Shanna Rose Faculty Installation at the Athenaeum.

Photos by Isaiah Tulanda 20

Professor Shanna Rose prepares her students to be interdisciplinary in their academics, open to viewpoint diversity and data-focused — all hallmarks of a Claremont McKenna College education, and essential to succeeding in a polarized era.

The family of Professor Shanna Rose joined her installation ceremony.
The family of Professor Shanna Rose joined her installation ceremony.

Rose was installed as the Alice Tweed Tuohy Associate Professor of Management and Government on Sept. 18 in a ceremony at the Athenaeum led by Professor Heather Antecol, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.

Antecol cited Rose’s expertise in American politics, federalism, and public policy, noting that Rose is the founding director of CMC’s public policy major, one of the fastest-growing majors at CMC.

Rose joined CMC in 2014, and has earned several college-wide awards, including the Roy P. Crocker Award for Service in 2021. In addition, she is the author of Financing Medicaid: Federalism and the Growth of America’s Health Care Safety Net and two dozen journal articles, book chapters, and other publications. Rose is currently completing a book manuscript on the politics of minimum wage policy in the United States.

Rose described her work as a “joy” and shared that she views her role as both “informing policy debates through my research” and sending “students out into this world to make it a better place.”

In her talk, “Public Policy in a Polarized Era,” Rose shared what she described as a “brief roadmap for cutting through the divisiveness to formulate sensible, common-ground policies.”



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