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Charley Willison, PhD

Charley Willison

Department of Public & Ecosystem Health

Assistant Professor

Cornell Public Health

Public Health Governance Lab

Department of Public & Ecosystem Health
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853



  • Ph.D., 2019, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • MPH/MA 2013, Case Western Reserve University of Medicine
  • B.S., 2010, Michigan State University

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 2021 - present, Assistant Professor, Cornell University Department of Public and Ecosystem Health
  • 2019 - 2021, National Institutes of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Department of Health Care Policy
  • 2014 - 2019, Research Assistant, University of Michigan Department of Health Management and Policy and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation 


For more information and a full list of publications please see Dr. Willison's CV and Google Scholar profile.

Selected Publications


Charley WillisonUngoverned and Out of Sight: Public Health and the Political Crisis of Homelessness in the United States(Oxford University Press, 2021).  Dennis Judd Best Book Award, 2022, American Political Science Association Urban and Local Politics Section 

Peer Reviewed Articles:

Melissa S. Creary, Scott L. Greer, Sydney Kitzmiller*, Phillip M. Singer, Naquia Unwala*, Soha Vaziri*, Charley Willison. Pivot: Partisan Policy Responses to COVID-19 Health Disparities. Health Affairs Scholar. 2023. DOI:

Charley Willison, Naquia Unwala*, Phillip M. Singer, Timothy Creedon, Brian McMullin, Benjamin Lê Cook. Persistent Disparities: Trends in Rates of Sheltered Homelessness Across Demographic Subgroups in the USAJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 2023. DOI:  

Charley Willison, Michelle Falkenbach, Scott L. Greer, Phillip M. Singer. Backsliding Among Indicators of Democratic Stability Relevant to Public Health: Risks in OECD Nations. World Medical and Health Policy. 2022. DOI:  

Scott L. Greer, Elize Massard da Fonseca, Minakshi Raj, Charley Willison. Institutions and the politics of agency in COVID-19 response: Federalism, executive authority, and public health in Brazil, India and the United States. Journal of Social Policy. 2022.  

Charley Willison, Phillip Singer, Melissa Creary, Soha Vaziri*, Jerry Stott, Scott Greer How to Solve a Problem Like Maria? The Politics of Disaster Responses in Puerto Rico, Florida, and TexasWorld Medical and Health Policy. 2021. DOI: 

Charley Willison, Amanda Isabel Mauri*Urban Homelessness Policy in OECD NationsOxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health. 2021. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190632366.013.319 

Charley Willison, Denise Lillvis, Amanda Mauri, Phillip Singer. Technically Accessible, Practically Ineligible: The Effects of Medicaid Expansion Implementation on Chronic Homelessness. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 2021. DOI: 

Phillip Singer, Charley Willison, Scott Greer. Infectious disease, public health, and politics: United States response to Ebola and ZikaJournal of Public Health Policy. 2020 Aug 3: 1–11. DOI: 

Charley Willison, Phillip Singer, Melissa Creary, Scott Greer. Quantifying inequities in US federal response to hurricane disaster in Texas and Florida compared to Puerto RicoBritish Medical Journal Global Health. 2019; 4(1). 

Charley WillisonShelter from the Storm: Roles, responsibilities and challenges in US housing governanceHealth Policy. 2017;121. 1113-1123.