Mark V. Nadel, Ph.D.

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Mark V. Nadel, Ph.D. is a former Senior Fellow with the Government Affairs Institute. He served as Visiting Professor and Academic Director of the Masters of Policy Management program at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. He also taught at Cornell and Johns Hopkins universities.

Dr. Nadel had a long career in government, most recently as the Associate Commissioner for the Office of Disability and Income Assistance Policy at the Social Security Administration. He was responsible for providing broad policy analysis and development for the Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Prior to coming to Social Security, Dr. Nadel was Associate Director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Income Security issue area where he was responsible for GAO’s work on welfare reform and child welfare issues.

Previously, he directed GAO’s work on public health and health insurance issues. He has testified numerous times before Congress on health policy and children’s issues.

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University; BA, University of California, Berkeley


  • Health Policy
  • Social Security Policy
  • Federal Budget Issues
  • Congressional Oversight


Dr. Nadel is the author of two books and several articles on American politics.

“Oversight of Health Programs,” in N. Ornstein and T. Mann, Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, (Brookings, 1995)