Richard K. Scotch is Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he coordinates the programs in Sociology and Evaluation Research. Dr. Scotch received his B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Harvard University. Prior to joining the UTD faculty in 1983, Dr. Scotch served as an analyst for the Virginia Division for Children and the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and as a AAAS Congressional Science Fellow.
Dr. Scotch is the author of two books and numerous articles and monographs on social policy reform and social movements in disability, health care, education, and human services. His current research interests include the long-term impact of early childhood education, the political economy of local health and human service delivery systems; the comparative study of state Medicaid policies; and community-based approaches to addressing indigent health care and health disparities.
Dr. Scotch is past president of the Society for Disability Studies, was named a 1999 Switzer Fellow by the National Rehabilitation Association, and served on the Advisory Committee on Disability Studies in the Twenty-First Century of the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. He has been active in the local health and human service community in North Texas since the mid-1980s, working with numerous local government and nonprofit agencies, including Collin and Dallas Counties, the Dallas Healthy Start Initiative, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Mental Health America, Family Gateway, and Educational First Steps.