Rosemary Avery

Rosemary Avery

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House Fellow
Professor
Brooks School of Public Policy

Rosemary Avery is Professor of Policy Analysis and Management in the Brooks School of Public Policy. She joined the Cornell University faculty in 1988, and currently serves as Chairperson of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM).
Dr. Avery served on the Cornell University Board of Trustees 2008-2012 as a Faculty Trustee and serves on several leading university committees. Furthermore, she serves the Cornell undergraduate community as a Dining Discussion Faculty Fellow, as a Faculty Fellow in the Mews Residence Hall, as Faculty Advisor to several student organizations, and as Faculty Academic Advisor to the Cornell Varsity Men’s Football and Men’s Lacrosse teams.
Dr. Avery’s current research projects focus on the impact of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs on public health. She teaches the introductory course to the PAM major, PAM 2300 Introduction to Policy Analysis, as well as the senior seminar for PAM honors students. As part of the PAM 2300 teaching effort, Dr. Avery offers a year-long teaching apprenticeship course in which students learn to prepare lesson plans, practice classroom teaching, and undertake background research for class presentations. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Avery leads the undergraduate PhADS lab, a research laboratory that trains undergraduates in data entry, data management, and high-level statistical skills.
Both her children, Amanda and David, graduated from Cornell. She has three grandchildren who live in Boston with the family, and her son lives and works in New York City. Professor Avery served as the Flora Rose House Professor and Dean from 2018-2024.