Andrew Stokes

Andrew C. Stokes, PhD

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


Andrew C. Stokes, PhD is a demographer and sociologist with expertise in population health, aging, and mortality. 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) the determinants of long-term mortality and life expectancy trends, (2) international comparisons of health and mortality, (3) chronic disease, pain, and disability across the life course, and (4) the non-communicable disease burden and management in low- and middle-income countries. His methodological interests include spatial-temporal analysis, quasi-experimental methods, and demographic and computational modeling. 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 to improve pandemic preparedness and response. 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 completed post-bachelor fellowships at the Harvard Initiative for Global Health in Cambridge, MA, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, WA.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Sociology - Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty Affiliate, Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering - Boston University
  • 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
  • SPHOM701
  • SPHPH750
  • SPHPH890


  • Published on 4/11/2024

    Paglino E, Stokes AC. Excess Mortality as a Tool to Monitor the Evolution of Health Emergencies: Choices, Challenges, and Future Directions. Am J Public Health. 2024 Jun; 114(6):583-586. PMID: 38603664.

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  • Published on 3/28/2024

    Xie W, Berlowitz JB, Raquib R, Harlow AF, Benjamin EJ, Bhatnagar A, Stokes AC. Association of cigarette and electronic cigarette use patterns with all-cause mortality: A national cohort study of 145,390 US adults. Prev Med. 2024 May; 182:107943. PMID: 38552720.

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  • Published on 3/27/2024

    Xie W, Hsu HE, Shafer PR, Podolsky MI, Stokes AC. Metabolic Disease and The Risk of Post-COVID Conditions: A Retrospective Cohort Study. medRxiv. 2024 Mar 27. PMID: 38585713.

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  • Published on 2/5/2024

    Berry KM, Stokes AC, Morris KJ, Raquib RV, Wrigley-Field E. Disparities in All-Cause Mortality Beyond the Acute Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Feb 05; 7(2):e2356869. PMID: 38376845.

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  • Published on 2/1/2024

    Paglino E, Lundberg DJ, Wrigley-Field E, Zhou Z, Wasserman JA, Raquib R, Chen YH, Hempstead K, Preston SH, Elo IT, Glymour MM, Stokes AC. Excess natural-cause mortality in US counties and its association with reported COVID-19 deaths. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2024 Feb 06; 121(6):e2313661121. PMID: 38300867.

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  • Published on 1/19/2024

    Behrooz L, Xie W, Goghari A, Robertson R, Bhatnagar A, Stokes A, Hamburg NM. Electronic cigarette use and chest pain in US adults: Evidence from the PATH study. Tob Induc Dis. 2024; 22. PMID: 38250630.

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  • Published on 12/21/2023

    Brennan AT, Lauren E, Bor J, George JA, Chetty K, Mlisana K, Dai A, Khoza S, Rosen S, Stokes AC, Raal F, Hibberd P, Alexanian SM, Fox MP, Crowther NJ. Gaps in the type 2 diabetes care cascade: a national perspective using South Africa's National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) database. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Dec 21; 23(1):1452. PMID: 38129852.

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  • Published on 12/1/2023

    Wills TA, Xie W, Stokes AC. Issues for Studies on E-cigarettes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Dec; 65(6):1196-1197. PMID: 37981346.

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  • Published on 11/1/2023

    Erhabor J, Boakye E, Obisesan O, Osei AD, Tasdighi E, Mirbolouk H, DeFilippis AP, Stokes AC, Hirsch GA, Benjamin EJ, Rodriguez CJ, El Shahawy O, Robertson RM, Bhatnagar A, Blaha MJ. E-Cigarette Use Among US Adults in the 2021 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Nov 01; 6(11):e2340859. PMID: 37921768.

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  • Published on 9/7/2023

    Benade M, Mchiza Z, Raquib RV, Prasad SK, Yan LD, Brennan AT, Davies J, Sudharsanan N, Manne-Goehler J, Fox MP, Bor J, Rosen SB, Stokes AC. Health systems performance for hypertension control using a cascade of care approach in South Africa, 2011-2017. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(9):e0002055. PMID: 37676845.

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