The overarching theme of social justice weaves through Professor Markus's work. An expert on the financing and organization of health care and on access to care, she is particularly focused on how the health system addresses the needs of women, minorities and children, including those of low-income and with special needs. Dr. Markus brings her combined knowledge of public policy, health policy and law both to the classroom, where she teaches maternal and child health policy and comparative health systems, and to her substantial research portfolio.
Prior to coming to the School in 2002, Dr. Markus researched and analyzed state and national health care reform efforts for the Intergovernmental Health Policy Project and the Washington Business Group of Health. She was also chief writer for a quarterly newsletter, "Health Policy & Child Health," and organized the "Packard Roundtable for Children," a network of pediatric experts that met biannually in the late 1990s to discuss maternal and child health. Dr. Markus divides her time between the U.S. and Switzerland, where she has citizenship.