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Theodore R. Marmor

30th Anniversary Honoree, Founding Board Member, Social Insurance Scholar

Theodore (Ted) R. Marmor - Founding Member of the Academy and Professor Emeritus of Yale University - is an honoree of the Academy’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.  Marmor has dedicated his career to promoting public understanding of social insurance programs in North America and Western Europe.

According to Academy CEO William Arnone, “Ted Marmor chaired the initial effort to expand the Academy’s membership in the area of health insurance.  Ted also wanted to cultivate younger professionals and suggested the Academy develop research fellowships to do so. Finally, he was always interested in the planning of activities that would generate excitement among the Board and attract new Members.” 

Marmor began his career working for the government in the 1960s.  He initially served as the special assistant to Wilbur Cohen at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare that is now the Department of Health and Human Services.  He also served as a member of the Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties by President Jimmy Carter before working as Walter Mondale’s senior social policy advisor during the 1984 presidential campaign.  He has testified before Congress on Social Security, welfare, and medical care reform.  He has also consulted for a host of private and non-profit organizations and government agencies. 

Marmor has been an educator for many years.  He was the associate dean of the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Affairs, a faculty member at the University of Chicago, and lead Yale’s Center for Health Studies.  He was the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s post-doctoral program in health policy between 1992 and 2003.  In 2001 he was awarded with the Foundation’s Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. Marmor is currently Professor Emeritus of Yale University, where he has taught for over three decades in the Law School, Department of Political Science, and School of Management. 

Marmor is the author and co-author of over thirteen books and more than 200 articles in academic journals.  His opinion pieces on social insurance programs have been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Some of his most well-known books include The Politics of Medicare (Aldine Transaction, 2000), America’s Misunderstood Welfare State (Basic Books, 1992), and Understanding Health Care Reform (Yale University Press, 1994).  He is co-editor of the book Comparative Studies and the Politics of Modern Medical Care (Yale University Press, 2009) and co-authored Politics, Health and Health care: Selected Essays with Rudolf Klein (Yale University Press, 2012). 

Marmor spends much of time his writing and speaking publicly about social insurance programs, teaching, and serving as an expert witness in trials involving issues such as health financing.  In addition to being a Founding Board Member of the Academy, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine.  He became a corresponding fellow of the British Academy in 2009 and is currently an emeritus fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. 

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