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Ted Marmor

Theodore R. Marmor

Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Management & Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Theodore Ted Marmor's scholarship primarily concerns welfare state politics and policy in North America and Western Europe. He particularly emphasizes the major spending programs, which is reflected in the second edition of The Politics of Medicare Aldine de Gruyter, 2000 and the book written with colleagues Mashaw and Harvey in the early l990s, America's Misunderstood Welfare State Basic Books, l992. The author or co-author of eleven books, Marmor has published over a hundred articles in a wide range of scholarly journals, as well as being a frequent op-ed contributor to U.S. and Canadian newspapers. Ted regularly writes op-ed essays for the Philadelphia Inquirer with long-time Yale law colleague, Jerry Mashaw.

A collection of his recent articles appeared in 2007: Fads Fallacies and Foolishness in Medical Management and Policy (World Scientific Publishing.) In 2005, the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis chose his jointly authored article “Comparative Perspectives and Policy Learning in the World of Health Care,” with Richard Freeman and Kieke Okma, as its best article of the year. Yale University Press in 2009 published his co-edited book, Comparative Studies and the Politics of Modern Medical Care and in the summer of 2012 published Politics, Health and Health Care: Selected Essays, co-authored with Rudolf Klein.

Professor Marmor began his public career as a special assistant to Wilbur Cohen Secretary of HEW in the mid-1960s. He was associate dean of Minnesota's School of Public Affairs, a faculty member at the University of Chicago, the head of Yale's Center for Health Services, a member of President Carter's Commission on the National Agenda for the 1980s, and a senior social policy advisor to Walter Mondale in the Presidential campaign of 1984. He has testified before Congress about medical care reform, social security, and welfare issues, as well as being a consultant to government and non-profit agencies.

Marmor lectures frequently on health policy, management issues, and law to both management and law students. He has been an expert witness in cases ranging from the constitutionality of the Canada Health Act to asbestos disputes and drug pricing fraud.  He has also been a commentator on a variety of television and radio programs. His hobbies include wine, squash, and flyfishing.


  • PhD, Harvard University, 1966
  • BA, Harvard University, 1960


  • Fellow of the British Academy Foreign, 2009 - Present
  • Centennial Visiting Professor at The London School of Economics, 2001-2003
  • Robert Wood Johnson Investigator in Health Policy Award, 2001
  • Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 1997
  • Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 1998
  • Fellow, Institute of Medicine
  • Fellow, National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • Editor, Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law, 1980-1985
  • Research Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford University, 1962