I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Director of the CDC-funded Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth. I teach courses on social and behavioral aspects of health, media advocacy, and alcohol policy. Previously I co-founded and worked at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University. I have also taught at Mills College in Oakland. I co-founded the Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems, and worked there for 13 years.
Berkeley was the natural place for me after a decade: first as radical community organizer Colorado and Iowa; then as a teacher in an African-American inner city public school in Los Angeles, finally, as an early women's studies graduate and women's public policy wonk in Washington, D.C. We published the first study on military family violence at the Center for Women Policy Studies thanks to support from the Carter Administration.
I came to Berkeley in 1982, M.A. from UCSB in hand. I spent six years getting my Ph.D., learning Persian, participating with wonderful characters on the BJS, hardly taking any sociology courses, benefiting enormously from a dissertation writing fellowship my last two years (the first time this program was tried I was in the right place at the right time), and going through lots of personal and political changes and adventures. Great years in an otherwise alienating place.