David K. Jones, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
David Jones
(617) 358-2076dkjones@bu.edu


David K. Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health. He was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of www.PublicHealthPost.org, an online forum for public health policy launched in November 2016. David earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Health Services, Organizations, and Policy. He holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from McGill University. His research examines the politics of health reform and the social determinants of health. His recent book "Exchange Politics: Opposing Obamacare in Battleground States" (Oxford University Press 2017) focuses on how states made decisions around what type of health insurance exchange to establish as part of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. He is working on a new book using Photovoice to examine the social determinants of health in the Mississippi Delta, re-tracing Robert Kennedy's steps in the region. He also studies Medicaid, CHIP, and health reform in France. He has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal among other places. He testified before the Michigan Legislature’s House Health Policy Committee during their consideration of a health insurance exchange. He has been awarded AUPHA’s John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators, AcademyHealth’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, and the BU School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award. Prior to graduate school he interned in the Idaho Legislature, the Canadian House of Commons, and Congressman Charlie Rangel’s district office in Harlem, NY. David is originally from New York City where he worked as a pretzel vendor at Yankee Stadium.


  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, PhD
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MA
  • University of North Carolina, MSPH
  • McGill University, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM755
  • SPHPM760
  • SPHPM931


  • Published on 4/12/2018

    Jones DK, Gusmano MK, Nadash P, Miller EA. Undermining the ACA through the executive branch and federalism: what the Trump administration's approach to health reform means for older Americans. J Aging Soc Policy. 2018 Apr 12; 1-18. PMID: 29649407.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/10/2018

    Nadash P, Miller EA, Jones DK, Gusmano MK, Rosenbaum S. A series of unfortunate events: implications of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the affordable care act for older adults. J Aging Soc Policy. 2018 Apr 10. PMID: 29634455.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/1/2018

    Wilk AS, Evans LC, Jones DK. Expanding Medicaid Access without Expanding Medicaid: Why Did Some Nonexpansion States Continue the Primary Care Fee Bump? J Health Polit Policy Law. 2018 Feb 01; 43(1):109-127. PMID: 28972017.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Perreira KM, Jones DK, Oberlander J. Capping Medicaid Funding-Lessons From Puerto Rico. Am J Public Health. 2017 Dec; 107(12):1900-1901. PMID: 29116848.

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  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Bachman SS, Wachman M, Manning L, Cohen AM, Seifert RW, Jones DK, Fitzgerald T, Nuzum R, Riley P. Social Work's Role in Medicaid Reform: A Qualitative Study. Am J Public Health. 2017 Dec; 107(S3):S250-S255. PMID: 29236537.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Jones DK. Lavatories of Democracy? Health Reform and Federalism in the Trump Era. Milbank Q. 2017 09; 95(3):470-473. PMID: 28895221.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Jones DK, Simmons M, Galea S. Improved Health: A Bipartisan Opportunity to Expand the Scope of Health Reform. Am J Public Health. 2017 Sep; 107(9):1383-1384. PMID: 28787197.

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  • Published on 6/12/2017

    Jones, David K. Health Reform in the South: Re-tracing Robert Kennedy's Steps in the Mississippi Delta. World Medical & Health Policy. 2017; 9(2):225-238.

  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Jones DK. The Democrats' Dilemma. Milbank Q. 2017 06; 95(2):241-244. PMID: 28589607.

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  • Published on 12/22/2016

    Conti RM, Jones DK. Policy Diffusion across Disparate Disciplines: Private- and Public-Sector Dynamics Affecting State-Level Adoption of the ACA. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2017 Apr; 42(2):377-385. PMID: 28007793.

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