Professor Bio -Spring 2014





John Stuart Gordon, the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, attended Vassar College, received a M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture and a Ph.D. from Boston University. His dissertation explored the career of antiquarian and industrial designer Lurelle Guild.  He has written and curated on topics ranging from the stained glass windows of John La Farge to the architect-designed housewares produced by Swid Powell. His most recent publication is A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920-1950. In addition to his curatorial work, he supervises Furniture Study, Yale University Art Gallery’s expansive study collection of American furniture and wooden objects.


Dr. John Hughes is Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, where he has received several awards from medical students and medical residents for excellence in teaching both on the wards and in the classroom. He directs the first-year course on Professional Responsibility, which covers topics in medical ethics and the organization of the health care system. He has helped to develop patient classification systems that use computerized patient care data, as well as methods for detecting potentially preventable hospital complications and readmissions. His academic interests include the evaluation and comparisons of risk-adjustment mechanisms, health care finance, and cost containment strategies.


Meir Kryger, MD, is a professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine who has been treating patients with sleep disorders for over 30 years. He is chief editor of the most widely used textbook used in sleep medicine, The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, which is currently in its fifth edition. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He has written about sleep disorders, particularly obstructive sleep apnea, in women and was the author of A Woman’s Guide to Sleep Disorders. His latest eBook, The iGuide to Sleep contains extensive information about sleep problems. He has served as President of both the Canadian Sleep Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation, having served as its chair. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Sleep Society in 2011, and the Mary Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award from the Sleep Research Society in 2013.


Stephen R. Latham, JD, PhD is Director of Yale's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. His two undergraduate lecture classes in bioethics draw hundreds of Yale College students annually. A graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the UC Berkeley doctoral program in Jurisprudence, Latham is a former healthcare business and regulatory attorney, and served as Director of Ethics Standards at the American Medical Association before entering academics full-time. He has been a graduate fellow at Harvard's Safra Center on Ethics and a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. He is a former member of Connecticut’s Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, and of the board of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (“ASBH”), from which he received a distinguished service award in 2010. He does clinical ethics consultation on the Pediatric Ethics Committee at Yale's Children's Hospital. His scores of publications on bioethics and health policy have appeared in leading medical and bioethics journals, in law reviews, and in numerous university-press books.


Professor Traugott Lawler is a specialist in Medieval English literature, and has broad teaching experience across English and European literature.  He studied at Holy Cross, the University of Wisconsin, and Harvard.  He taught at Yale 1966-72, at Northwestern 1972-81, and at Yale again 1981 until his retirement in 2005.  At Yale he taught Chaucer, Old English, History of the English Language, and various seminars in Middle English, and he regularly taught both English 125, Major English Poets, and English 129, European Masterpieces, as well.  Since retiring he has filled in several times in 125 and Old English, taught a freshman seminar in Austen and Dickens, and taught both Dante and English Religious Poetry in the Divinity School.  He is the author of The One and the Many in the Canterbury Tales (1981), one of the editors of the Riverside Chaucer, and editor of various other medieval English and Latin works.  In recent years he has written extensively on Piers Plowman, and is one of five scholars preparing The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman.  He was master of Ezra Stiles College 1986-95 and 2002-3.  He is an avid golfer and plays every summer in the Cape Cod Senior Softball League.


Judith Malafronte, Lecturer in the Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and in the Department of Music, has an active career as a mezzo-soprano soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Mark Morris Dance Group, and has sung at the Tanglewood Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the Göttingen Handel Festival. Winner of several top international vocal competitions, Malafronte holds degrees with honors from Vassar College and Stanford University, and studied at the Eastman School of Music, in Paris and Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and with Giulietta Simionato in Milan as a Fulbright scholar. Malafronte has recorded for major labels in a broad range of repertoire, from medieval chant to contemporary music, and she writes regularly for Opera News, Stagebill, Early Music America Magazine, The Classical Review and Parterre Box.

B.A. Vassar College; M.A. Stanford University.


Theodore "Ted" Marmor, Professor Emeritus of Yale University, taught politics, management and law there from 1979 to 2009. He directed from 19982 to 2003 the Robert Wood Johnson postdoctoral program in health policy and social science. The author (co-author or editor) of thirteen books, he has published more than 2000 articles in a wide range of scholarly journals. His opinion essays have appeared in major U.S. newspapers. His most widely noted work, The Politics of Medicare, had its second edition come out in 2000. His best-known other writing include Understanding Health Care Reform (1994), Why Some People Are Healthy and Others Not? (1994) and America's Misunderstood Welfare State (1990), coauthored with Yale colleagues Jerry Mashaw and Philip Harvey. A collection of recent essays appeared in 2007 under the title of Fads, Fallacies and Foolishness in Medical Care Management and Policy, followed in 2012, with Rudolf Klein, of Politics, Health and Healthcare from Yale University Press. In 2013 Congressional Quarterly Press published Social Insurance: America's Neglected Heritage and Contested Future, written again with Yale Professor Jerry Mashaw and Yale alumnus, John Pakutka.

A member of President Carter's Commission on the 1980s Agenda and a senior social policy adviser to Walter Mondale in the presidential campaign of 1984, Professor Marmor has testified before Congress on about medical care reform, social security and poverty programs. He has been an expert witness in cases involving asbestos liability, pharmaceutical pricing fraud, and constitutional challenges to the Canada Health Act. He is an fellow emeritus of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine, and since 2009, a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.


Kieke Okma has worked with a variety of government agencies in The Netherlands and international organizations including the World Bank and OECD for over 25 years. Since 2004, she lives in New York and works as an international health consultant and academic.

     Her teaching included posts as Associate Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University (2004-2008) and the Wagner School of Public Services, New York University (2008-2011), Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Visiting Professor at the Catholic University Leuven (2003-) and McGill University, Montreal (2010-), and Professeur Invitée at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris (2012). Other activities include editorial board membership of several journals including Health Policy, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy.

     Kieke Okma has widely lectured and published on a broad range of issues of health policy, health politics and international comparison. Recent publications include “Changing Health Care Systems of the World,” Wiley Encyclopaedia of Health; “Swiss and Dutch "consumer-driven health care": Ideal Model or reality?” With L.Crivelli. Health Policy, 2013; “Will Dutch-style managed competition work with the Irish system?” (opinion), Irish J of Public Policy, 2013; “Managed Competition for Medicare? Sobering Lessons From The Netherlands” (with J.Oberlander and T.R. Marmor), New Eng J Medicine, 2011; Six Countries, Six Reform Models? The Health Reform Experiences of Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan, edited with L. Crivelli, 2009; Comparative Studies & The Politics of Modern Medical Care, edited with T.R. Marmor and R.Freeman, 2009.


Professor Gordon Turnbull is General Editor of the Yale Boswell Editions, one of Yale's outstanding large-scale scholarly editorial enterprises, where he oversees a global editorial team bringing to publication selections of the vast archive of James Boswell's private papers. Boswell had been best-known to literary history for his pioneering biography, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), but his personal papers — most of which had been suppressed by his descendants and were recovered only in the twentieth century and are now in Yale's Beinecke Library — have brought him renewed fame as a compelling confessional diarist. Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 became an international best-seller when in first appeared in 1950, edited by Yale's Frederick A. Pottle. Turnbull, born and raised in Sydney, is an honors graduate of the Australian National University, in Canberra, and came to Yale for doctoral study as a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar. He taught in the Yale English Department and at Smith College before assuming directorship of the Yale Boswell Editions in 1997. His specialty is the literature of the British eighteenth-century, in particular of the Samuel Johnson circle, and he is a former course director of The European Literary Tradition, one of the Yale English Department's main introductory survey courses for literature students. He is the author of numerous scholarly and critical essays on Boswell, Johnson, and their circle, has taught and lectured widely on these authors, and is a featured speaker at the annual Boswell Book Festival at Boswell's family estate in Auchinleck, Ayrshire. He contributes a regular column, "Yale Boswell Editions Notes," to the twice-yearly Johnsonian News Letter. His edition of Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763, the first re-editing of this famous diary since Pottle's worldwide bestseller of 1950, appeared in 2010 in Penguin Classics, and has just been re-issued in 2013 in a second printing.