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.
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
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.
Extend mezzo-level institutional analysis in dissertation to explore impacts on patient health.
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.
Evans, Ethan, B. McCarthy, C. Benoit, and M. Jansson. "Early Trouble, Long-term Consequences: Does Family Instability Keep People from Doctors?" Social Science Quarterly.
“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."
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.