Lawrence Weiss

Lawrence Weiss
Professor Emeritus of Sociology

PhD, State University of New York at Binghamton; MS, Harvard School of Public Health; MA, University of New Mexico; BA, University of California at Santa Cruz

Dr Weiss is a retired Research Professor of Public Health and formerly Principle Investigator for a grant from the National Institutes of Health. In addition to his books, he has published numerous articles about medical and public health policy. He is the founder of the Alaska Center for Public Policy.




 Collision on I-75Collision on I-75

Collision on I-75 tells and extraordinary public health story that has not been told before, and it tells it in a compelling and exciting way. It details over two decades of struggle by public health professional, legislators, state officials, and law enforcement to compel huge corporations to prevent deadly, suspected industrial-fog-related collisions. This is a true story of a tragic incident involving large numbers of people, corporate negligence, faulty state regulation, and a risk-taking attorney in pursuit of uncertain compensation for the victims and himself.

 Private Medicine Public HealthPrivate Medicine and Public Health

During the twentieth century, the issue of health care burst out of the private confines of the physician's office to become a monumental contentious social issue. Giant multinational corporations scooped up proprietary hospitals and nursing homes and assembled them into cast chains crisscrossing America. In Private Medicine and Public Health, Lawrence Weiss dispassionately questions and analyzes the many issues of the health care crisis in search of much-needed solution.

 No Benefit: Crisis in America's Health Insurance IndustryNo Benefit: Crisis in America's Health Insurance Industry

The private health insurance industry is unable to provide nearly 40 million Americans with basic health care. Millions now live with inadequate coverage. Addressing this dilemma, Lawrence Weiss offers a timely and important analysis of the health insurance crisis in America. Relying on data from a wide range of publication about this secretive industry, he investigates and analyzes the social effects of the growing crisis.

The Development of Capitalism in the Navajo Nation The Development of Capitalism in the Navajo Nation

The author studies the methodical destruction of the Navajo domestic economy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when combined military force and federal Indian-bureau policies ensured dominance over the Navajo economy by non-Navajo merchant and industrial capital. He shows how merchant capital was used to drain off to an external capitalist economy the surplus produced by Navajo artisans and shepherds so that this surplus product would not be available for Navajo investment. Weis traces the transformation of the Navajos into wage laborers for largely non-Navajo employers.