Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Fournier

Saint Augustine's University | Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Fournier [433] | Faculty Spotlight February 13, 2012

Professor Elizabeth Fournier came to Saint Augustine's University in August of 2007. She currently teaches political science in the Department of History, Government, and Public Policy.

Fournier collaborates with her colleagues in the Division of Social Sciences to advise student organizations and honor societies, such as Pi Gamma Mu and the political science club. Fournier's teaching passions are in civic engagement and undergraduate research. She has accompanied students of Saint Augustine's University to a variety of activities, including: the 2008 Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina, lobbying at the North Carolina General Assembly, the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, and performances of the North Carolina Ballet. She also serves in the Honors University, on several campus committees, as a justice in the moot court competition and as a faculty mentor for student athletes.

Dr. Fournier's research interests lie at the intersection of health and social policy. The topics of her research activities have included the financing and delivery of health care, the management of prison populations and the implementation of evidence-based policy and practice.

Dr. Fournier received a BS degree (dual, in materials science and engineering and literature) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in public policy from UNC - Chapel Hill. Funded by an external grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Fournier wrote a dissertation that analyzed substance abuse treatment policy and outcomes for U.S. opiate addicts. Dr. Fournier received her postdoctoral training as a Mellon Fellow in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.

Dr. Fournier grew up in a military family stationed in Europe and the eastern United States. Prior to working at Saint Augustine's University, she worked as a social scientist at Harvard Medical School and as a policy consultant with several research organizations that provide data services and policy analysis to government, business and higher education clients.