Andrew C. Stokes, PhD

Assistant Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Andrew C. Stokes, PhD is a demographer and sociologist with expertise in population health and aging. Through his research and dissemination efforts, he strives to reveal the social and structural factors that influence health across the life course, inform public health policies that center health equity, and contribute to evidence-based reforms of public health and health care systems.

His research portfolio includes research on (1) spatial-temporal trends in excess mortality during the Covid-19 pandemic, (2) the determinants of long-term mortality and life expectancy trends, (3) chronic disease, pain, and disability across the life course, (4) substance use, tobacco, and e-cigarettes, and (5) access to care for chronic diseases in low- and middle-income countries

Founded in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, he created and leads a project focused on quantifying uncounted Covid-19 deaths in local communities across the United States. Through peer-reviewed research, media collaborations, and public data dashboards, the project seeks to reveal the hidden death toll of the pandemic and inform public health policies that center equity.

Dr. Stokes received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Bates College, M.A. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD in Demography and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was a post-bachelor fellow at the Harvard Initiative for Global Health in Cambridge, MA.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Sociology - Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Innovation in Social Science - Boston University College of Arts and Sciences


  • University of Pennsylvania, PhD Field of Study: Sociology
  • University of Pennsylvania, MA Field of Study: Population Sciences
  • Bates College, BA Field of Study: Environmental Studies

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH811
  • SPHPH750
  • SPHPH890


  • Published on 3/14/2023

    Harlow AF, Xie W, Goghari AR, Lundberg DJ, Raquib RV, Berlowitz JB, Stokes AC. Sociodemographic Differences in e-Cigarette Uptake and Perceptions of Harm. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Mar 14. PMID: 36924804.

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  • Published on 3/6/2023

    Luck AN, Stokes AC, Hempstead K, Paglino E, Preston SH. Associations between mortality from COVID-19 and other causes: A state-level analysis. PLoS One. 2023; 18(3):e0281683. PMID: 36877692.

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  • Published on 3/3/2023

    Obisesan OH, Uddin SMI, Boakye E, Osei AD, Mirbolouk M, Orimoloye OA, Dzaye O, El Shahawy O, Stokes A, DeFilippis AP, Benjamin EJ, Blaha MJ. Pod-based e-cigarette use among US college-aged adults: A survey on the perception of health effects, sociodemographic correlates, and interplay with other tobacco products. Tob Induc Dis. 2023; 21:34. PMID: 36875734.

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  • Published on 2/6/2023

    Brennan AT, Nattey C, Kileel EM, Rosen S, Maskew M, Stokes AC, Fox MP, Venter WDF. Change in body weight and risk of hypertension after switching from efavirenz to dolutegravir in adults living with HIV: evidence from routine care in Johannesburg, South Africa. EClinicalMedicine. 2023 Mar; 57:101836. PMID: 36816348.

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  • Published on 1/18/2023

    Paglino E, Lundberg DJ, Zhou Z, Wasserman JA, Raquib R, Hempstead K, Preston SH, Elo IT, Stokes AC. Differences Between Reported COVID-19 Deaths and Estimated Excess Deaths in Counties Across the United States, March 2020 to February 2022. medRxiv. 2023 Jan 18. PMID: 36712059.

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  • Published on 12/15/2022

    Xie W, C Stokes A. Reply to Campagna and Caci: Taking for Granted Conclusions from Studies that Cannot Prove Causality of Respiratory Symptoms and Vaping. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022 Dec 15; 206(12):1568-1569. PMID: 35921657.

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  • Published on 12/13/2022

    Manne-Goehler J, Theilmann M, Flood D, Marcus ME, Andall-Brereton G, Agoudavi K, Arboleda WAL, Aryal KK, Bicaba B, Bovet P, Brant LCC, Brian G, Chamberlin G, Chen G, Damasceno A, Dorobantu M, Dunn M, Ebert C, Farzadfar F, Gurung MS, Guwatudde D, Houehanou C, Houinato D, Hwalla N, Jorgensen JMA, Karki KB, Labadarios D, Lunet N, Malta DC, Martins JS, Mayige MT, McClure RW, Saeedi Moghaddam S, Mwangi KJ, Mwalim O, Norov B, Quesnel-Crooks S, Rhode S, Seiglie JA, Sibai A, Silver BK, Sturua L, Stokes A, Supiyev A, Tsabedze L, Zhumadilov Z, Jaacks LM, Atun R, Davies JI, Geldsetzer P, Vollmer S, Bärnighausen TW. Data Resource Profile: The Global Health and Population Project on Access to Care for Cardiometabolic Diseases (HPACC). Int J Epidemiol. 2022 Dec 13; 51(6):e337-e349. PMID: 35762972.

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  • Published on 12/5/2022

    Berlowitz JB, Xie W, Harlow AF, Blaha MJ, Bhatnagar A, Benjamin EJ, Stokes AC. Cigarette?E-cigarette Transitions and Respiratory Symptom Development. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Apr; 64(4):556-560. PMID: 36470837.

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  • Published on 11/28/2022

    Xie W, Johnston SS, Waggoner JR, Doshi ID, Stokes AC. Bariatric surgery and weight loss in the short- and long-term: Evidence from NHANES 2015-2018. Clin Obes. 2023 Feb; 13(1):e12563. PMID: 36444393.

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  • Published on 11/1/2022

    Wrigley-Field E, Berry KM, Stokes AC, Leider JP. COVID-19 Vaccination and Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Mortality at Midlife in Minnesota. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Feb; 64(2):259-264. PMID: 36653101.

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