• Background

    Ethan is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of California, Davis. He received a BA with honors in Sociology and Political Science from Kent State University and a Masters of Social Work from California State University, Sacramento.


    Upon completion of his dissertation, expected August 2016, Ethan begins a position as QSCERT Postdoctoral Fellow at the UC Davis Health System, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research. The Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (QSCERT) T32 Program is a multidisciplinary, postdoctoral program with an emphasis on training future leaders in healthcare outcomes research. QSCERT is supported by funding from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ).


    Prior to returning to graduate studies, Ethan served as executive director to the Sacramento Housing Alliance, where he led a campaign to ensure that affordable housing is an integrated part of new communities. He also studied international housing and homeless policy as an Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow.

    Areas of Interest

    Health Disparities, Policy and Systems Reform; Social Welfare and the Welfare State; Organization Studies


    Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training in Primary Care (QSCERT) Fellow.

    Oct 2016-2018


    UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies, Graduate Fellowship. Fall quarter 2015, 2014.

    UC Davis Sociology Department, Dissertation Writing Award. Summer 2015

    UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Graduate Research Fellow. Winter 2012.

    Bank of America, Local Hero Award. 2005.


    PhD, Sociology. University of California, Davis. (expected August 2016)

    MA, Social Work. California State University, Sacramento. 2002

    BA, Sociology & Political Science (summa cum laude). Kent State University. 1997


    I study health and health care policy, exploring structural inequality and

    processes transforming American systems of social welfare and their governance.


    Generation status of immigrant children entrenches racial/ethnic disparities in

    health access.

    Family Structure

    & Health


    Instability in the structure of the family experienced during childhood impacts whether or not adults go to the doctor when sick.




    The ACA represents a transformation in welfare state governance that will impact health outcomes and access for decades.

    Future work


    Extend mezzo-level institutional analysis in dissertation to explore impacts on patient health.

  • Publications

    Evans, Ethan. 2013 "Unequal Access: Insurance Coverage and Immigrant Generational Status of Diverse Children." Pp. 102-27 in Health Care and Immigration: Understanding the Connections, edited by P. Fernandez-Kelley and A. Portes. New York, NY: Routledge.


    Hamilton, Erin, Ethan Evans. 2012. "State Health Insurance Policy and Insuring Immigrant Children." Policy Brief: UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Vol. 1, Number 4.


    Evans, Ethan. 2008. “Yes we do! Blick auf die Sozialleistungen und Wohnungslosenhilfe in den USA.” Wohnungslos. BAG W – Verlag. 4:139-42.

    Revise and resubmit

    Evans, Ethan, C. Arbeit. "What is the difference? Health Insurance and Health Care Services: Varied Barriers for Immigrant Children in the U.S." International Migration.

    Under review

    Evans, Ethan, B. McCarthy, C. Benoit, and M. Jansson. "Early Trouble, Long-term Consequences: Does Family Instability Keep People from Doctors?" Social Science Quarterly.

  • Teaching

    what they need…is a quality of mind that will help them to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and of what may be happening within themselves.”


    C. Wright Mills

    The Sociological Imagination

    Instructor of Record

    Intro to Research Methods, Summer 2015.

    "Statistical tools help us understand the information that we encounter in the course of daily life and make us more informed, critical consumers of knowledge."


    Urban Society, Summer 2014.

    “How we live our lives is shaped by where we live our lives.”


    Social Policy in America, Fall 2006.

    "Values are at the root of understanding the history, philosophy and functioning of social welfare policies and programs in the United States."


    Teaching Assistant

    Soc 001: Introduction to Sociology (Moorhead). Winter 2009

    Soc 002: Self and Society (Kiburi). Spring 2009

    Soc 003: Social Problems (Baxi). Spring 2016

    Soc 005: Globalization (Kirkpatrick). Spring 2012

    Soc 46B: Intro to Research Methods, Quantitative (Shu). Spring 2015

    Soc 140: Social Stratification (Shu). Fall 2010, 2011

    Soc 148: Collective Behavior, Collective Episodes (Beamish). Fall 2013, 2012

    Soc 180A: Complex Organizations (Beamish). Spring 2013, 2011; (Smith). Spring 2014

    Soc 206: Regression Analysis (Hibel). Winter 2014, 2015, 2016


    Project Manager, June 2015 - Present


    Project: Evaluating Medi-Cal Access to Primary Care in the Greater Sacramento Area: A “Mystery Shopper” Study.

    PI: Joy Melnikow, CHPR Director.

    Fellow, 2007 - 2009


    Project Title: Homelessness: An International Comparison of Service and Policy.

    Local Affiliations: Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Wohnungslosenhilfe, e.V. Bielefeld, Germany; Evangelische Gesellschaft. Stuttgart, Germany.

    Executive Director, 2002-2007


    SHA is a regional coalition working to ensure that all people in the Sacramento region have safe, decent, accessible and affordable housing in healthy neighborhoods, supported by equitable public policies and practices.


    • Led successful community campaign to require a percentage of housing in new development be affordable.
    • Developed and coordinated broad policy principles strategic agenda for 65 member organizations.
    • Increased operating budget by 300% in five years through expanding grants, appeals and fundraising events.



    ejevans [at] ucdavis [dot] edu

    University of California, Davis


    One Shields Avenue

    Davis, CA 95616