College of Health and Human Services

Public Health

Czaja Erica Czaja, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Population Health

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Dr. Erica Czaja earned her Ph.D. in Politics and Social Policy from Princeton University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. Her doctoral dissertation, Revolutionary Emotion: Empathy and Equality in the United States, examined the effects of empathy across difference on Americans’ public policy preferences. Dr. Czaja is the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Distinguished Junior Scholars Award in political psychology, and she has taught courses at Hope College and Princeton University on race politics, political psychology, gender politics, and campaigns and elections.

Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Toledo, Dr. Czaja was the Director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute at Grand Valley State University. She also served for two years as the Executive Director of Camp Blodgett, an outstanding nonprofit organization in West Michigan focused on youth education and leadership development. Prior to obtaining her doctorate, Dr. Czaja worked at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, and Applied Safety and Ergonomics in Ann Arbor, MI. She also earned her M.A. in Politics from Princeton University, her M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. with high distinction in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Last Updated: 9/16/19