School of Social Service Administration
Alan Zarychta’s research focuses on the politics of social services in Central and South America, particularly in the areas of public health and environmental policy. He investigates the sources and effects of institutional reforms aiming to improve local service delivery, including how public sector reforms are targeted, the contextual conditions that shape their effectiveness, and whether such reforms can fundamentally alter local governance systems. He is currently part of an interdisciplinary team that is working in collaboration with the Honduras Ministry of Health to study the effects of decentralized governance on the performance of local health systems in that country. He is also undertaking related projects on health sector reform in Guatemala and Nicaragua. In addition to holding a faculty appointment, Zarychta is a fellow at the University’s Center for Health Administration Studies.
Zarychta holds an MA in public policy and a PhD in political science from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also earned a BS in education and social policy from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the University, he supported numerous federal government agencies on issues of environmental policy while employed at Industrial Economics, Incorporated, and served as director of health information systems for the non-governmental organization Hombro a Hombro in Honduras.