New Faculty 2020-2021

Wagner's faculty – an amalgam of full-time, clinical/research/visiting, and adjunct professors – are outstanding teachers, expert researchers, and committed practitioners. With extensive ties to leading health, nonprofit, and government institutions, they infuse Wagner's classrooms with the gritty and often difficult realities of public service today. They are valuable resources for students seeking internships, fellowships, and even full-time employment. Experts, trusted guides, and award-winning scholars, NYU Wagner's faculty help translate public service concepts into the real-world tools graduates need to craft a career in public service.

Assistant Professors

Laura Wherry

Laura Wherry

Laura Wherry is Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Service. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School and her B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

Wherry's primary area of research focuses on the changing role of the Medicaid program and its impact on access to health care and health. Her recent work examines the early effects of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansions, as well as the longer-term effects of several large expansions in Medicaid targeting low-income pregnant women and children in the 1980s and 1990s.

Prior to joining NYU, she was an assistant professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Michigan.

Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty

Carla Jackie Sampson

Carla Jackie Sampson

Carla Sampson is Clinical Associate Professor of Healthcare Management and Public Service and Director of the Health Policy and Management Program and online Master of Health Administration Program. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs - Health Services Management and Research from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, an MBA in Healthcare Management, and an M.S. in Healthcare Financial Management from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. She is also board certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Sampson’s research interests include healthcare workforce policy, social determinants of health, and anchor mission strategy development. She was a research assistant for the Florida Center for Nursing and was lead author for the report “Emerging & Evolving Roles and Occupations within the Healthcare Industry: Florida’s Perspective.” Sampson has extensive experience in the online and traditional classroom setting; her areas of teaching experience include organizational strategy, executive leadership, human resources management, and healthcare policy.

Prior to joining NYU, Sampson was Assistant Professor and Director of Healthcare Management Programs in the Department of Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management Programs in the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Previously, she was Vice President of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). While at CAHME, Sampson also served as a consultant to all programs seeking initial CAHME accreditation and oversaw the design and implementation of an electronic accreditation system.