• Background

    Ethan is furthering his research agenda, focused on healthcare systems and reform, as a 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).


    Ethan completed his doctorate during the summer of 2016 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.


    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


    Fellow, Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training Program (QSCERT). (Current)

    Dissertation Writing Award, UC Davis Sociology Department. Summer 2015, 2016

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

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

    German Chancellor Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 2007-2008.

    Bank of America, Local Hero Award. 2005.


    PhD, Sociology. University of California, Davis. August 2016

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

    BA, Sociology & Political Science (summa cum laude). Kent State University. December 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 health disparities, especially in terms of their access to services.

    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 institutional analysis to explore impacts on patient health.

  • Publications

    Evans, Ethan. 2017. "Even if Obamacare is Repealed, Institutional Changes Will Persist and Lessons can be Learned." Scholars Strategy Network, Policy Briefs. May.


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


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


    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.

    Working Papers

    Evans, Ethan. “The Affordable Care Act and Its Triple Aim: An Analysis of the American Welfare State in Transition.”


    Evans, Ethan. “Lessons of the Affordable Care Act: Institutional Intermixing and Trump’s Promise that Competition will be Beautiful.”


    Melnikow, Joy, E. Evans, G. Xing, S. Durbin, D. Ritley, M. Youm, and L. McGregor. “Geographic Differences in Access to Primary Care Providers for Medi-Cal Patients:
    A Secret Shopper Pilot Study.”

  • 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

    Intermediate Statistics, Spring 2016.

    "Familiarity with statistics allows students to be better-informed, more engaged citizens."


    Intro to Quantitative 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


    QSCERT Postdoctoral Fellow, October 2016 - 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.


  • Professional Affiliations


    The Scholars Strategy Network seeks to improve public policy and strengthen democracy by organizing scholars working in America's colleges and universities, and connecting scholars and their research to policymakers, citizens associations, and the media.


    ejevans [at] ucdavis [dot] edu

    University of California, Davis


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    Davis, CA 95616