Michael E. Begay

Michael Begay
Associate Professor
334 Arnold House


B.A.; California State Polytechnic University; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Tobacco Control policy and politics, American politics, interest group politics, politics of health care reform, and health politics.

Research Description: 

Broadly my research interests examine the politics of the policymaking process in the United States. Previously my research analyzed the politics of developing and implementing tobacco control policies at the state and local levels in California and Massachusetts. I am now focusing on the history of the politics of health care reform in the United States. Currently I am studying the politics of the effort undertaken by President Harry S. Truman to enact compulsory health insurance in 1949.

Key Publications: 

Anderson BS, Lawson C, Begay ME. Breaking the Alliance: Defeating the Tobacco Industry’s Allies and Enacting Youth Access Restrictions in Massachusetts.  American Journal of Public Health. 2003; 93: 1922-1928.

Ritch WA, Begay ME.  Smoke and Mirrors: The Diversion of Tobacco Taxes in Massachusetts. International Journal of Tobacco Control. 2001, 10:309-316.

Ritch WA, Begay ME. Strange Bedfellows: The History of Collaboration Between the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and the Tobacco Industry.  American Journal of Public Health. 2001; 91: 598-603.

Begay ME, Glantz SA. Question 1 Tobacco Education Expenditures in Massachusetts. International Journal of Tobacco Control. 1997: 6: 213-218.

Heiser PF, Begay ME. The Campaign to Raise the Tobacco Tax in Massachusetts. American Journal of Public Health. 1997; 87: 968-973.