David K. Jones, PhD

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


David K. Jones is an Associate 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

  • SPHPH845
  • SPHPM760
  • SPHPM844


  • Published on 12/6/2018

    Jones DK, Pagel C, Koller CF. The Future of Health Care Reform - A View from the States on Where We Go from Here. N Engl J Med. 2018 Dec 06; 379(23):2189-2191. PMID: 30575461.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/1/2018

    Griffith K, Jones DK, Sommers BD. Diminishing Insurance Choices In The Affordable Care Act Marketplaces: A County-Based Analysis. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 10; 37(10):1678-1684. PMID: 30273031.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/6/2018

    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 May-Jun; 30(3-4):259-281. PMID: 29634455.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/1/2018

    Jones DK. The Importance of State Leadership: Lessons From Kentucky on Reducing Disparities in Insurance Coverage. Am J Public Health. 2018 07; 108(7):848-850. PMID: 29874479.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/10/2018

    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 May-Jun; 30(3-4):282-299. PMID: 29649407.

    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 02 01; 43(1):109-127. PMID: 28972017.

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

    Jones, David K. Medicaid for Idaho?. Public Health Post. 2018.

  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Jones, David K. The Medicaid Wave. Health Affairs Blog. 2018.

  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Jones, David K. Obamacare Has Survived, but Health Reform isn’t Over. Public Health Post. 2018.

  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Jones, David K. Views from the Heartland: Prospects for Bipartisanship in Health Reform. Milbank Memorial Fund. 2018.

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