Andrew C. Stokes, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health

PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MA, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Bates College

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.

Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Affiliate
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Innovation in Social Science

Novel Methods for Evaluating the Association of Electronic Cigarette Use with Cardiovascular Health
08/01/2020 - 06/30/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Association of Electronic Cigarette Use with Respiratory Health
07/01/2020 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
American Lung Association

Racial/Ethnic Inequities, Data Integrity, and the Hidden Deaths of the COVID-19 Pandemic
05/01/2022 - 04/30/2023 (PI)
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Causes of Geographic Divergence in American Mortality Between 1990 and 2015: Health Behaviors, Health Care Access and Migration
08/25/2021 - 03/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania NIH NIA

Assessing the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on UK Morbidity and Mortality
10/01/2020 - 12/31/2022 (PI)
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Developing innovative ways to quantify COVID-19's total mortality burden and assessing the uneven socioeconomic and racial/ethnic impacts
05/01/2020 - 12/31/2022 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Real-World Outcomes Research in Obesity: Evidence from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink
07/24/2020 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc.

Examining obesity as a factor in prescription opioid use and how it varies by demographic, socioeconomic, geographic, and health care factors
05/01/2018 - 12/31/2020 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Identifying factors associated with progression to morbid obesity in a nationally representative sample of young adults in the United States
09/01/2016 - 12/31/2020 (PI)
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc.

Examining the Real-World Effects of Surgical Smoke in the NHS I/II
11/11/2019 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc.

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  1. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36924804
  2. 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; PMCID: PMC9987806; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0281683;
  3. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36875734; PMCID: PMC9983309; DOI: 10.18332/tid/159177;
  4. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36816348; PMCID: PMC9932660; DOI: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2023.101836;
  5. 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; PMCID: PMC9882565; DOI: 10.1101/2023.01.16.23284633;
  6. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35921657; PMCID: PMC9757085; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202207-1452LE;
  7. 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
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36470837; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2022.10.006;
  9. 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
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC9622467; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2022.08.005;
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U.S. Life Expectancy Declined Nearly a Year in 2021, Deepening Historic Slide

TIME 8/31/2022

Low vaccine booster rates are now a key factor in COVID-19 deaths – and racial disparities in booster rates persist

The Conversation 8/30/2022

‘Hidden’ COVID fatalities show US death investigations need reform

The Hill 7/25/2022

Congress is working on legislation to address children's mental health crisis

The Washington Post 6/1/2022

During the Omicron Wave, Death Rates Soared for Older People

The New York Times 5/31/2022

Death certificates reveal that US hit grim COVID milestone

Associated Press 5/16/2022

Official numbers may miss 20% of COVID deaths

Futurity 5/16/2022

COVID-19 Death Toll Could Be 20 Percent Higher than Official Tally

BU Today 5/13/2022

What One Million COVID Dead Mean for the U.S.’s Future

Scientific American 3/29/2022

Uncovering COVID-19’s Hidden Deaths in the US

BU Today 1/14/2022

Smoking Plus Vaping Just as Deadly as Smoking on Its Own: Study

MedicineNet 1/4/2022

Uncounted: Inaccurate death certificates across the country hide the true toll of COVID-19

USA Today 12/26/2021

Vaping Associated With Over 2x The Erectile Dysfunction Risk, Study Says

Forbes 12/11/2021

The US is undercounting COVID deaths, researchers say. Now they have a tool to figure out why.

USA Today 12/9/2021

Can Vaping Help You Quit Smoking?

BU Today 11/16/2021

COVID deaths severely undercounted among communities of color, new study finds

Salon 9/27/2021

Inaccurate reporting conceals COVID-19's impact on vulnerable populations

Medical News Today 9/17/2021

The Pandemic’s Hidden Toll Is Revealed in Excess Death Counts

Scientific American 9/1/2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 8: The Pandemic’s True Death Toll and the Big Lab-Leak Debate

Scientific American 6/4/2021

Excess Deaths Reveal the Pandemic’s Hidden Toll in Some U.S. Counties

Scientific American 6/2/2021

Florida Governor to Ban ‘Vaccine Passports’

WebMD 3/30/2021

Republicans’ serious health problem — opposing the vaccines

Salon 3/21/2021

Covid-19 news: 1.4m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine unused in Germany

NewScientist 3/3/2021

Is Pro-Trump Bias Leading Some US Counties to Low Ball Covid-19 deaths?

BU Today 2/20/2021

CDC: COVID-19 causes historic tumble of life expectancy

Boston 25 News 2/18/2021

Undercounting of Covid-19 deaths is greatest in pro-Trump areas, analysis shows

STAT 1/25/2021

Smokers who occasionally vape are just as likely to suffer from heart and lung damage as those who only smoke cigarettes, study finds

Daily Mail 1/4/2021

Smoking Plus Vaping Just as Deadly as Smoking on Its Own: Study

U.S. News & World Report 1/4/2021

Vaping combined with smoking is likely as harmful as smoking cigarettes alone

Medical Xpress 1/4/2021

Vaping Increases Risk Of Lung Disease By More Than 40%

UNILAD 12/2/2020

Vaping May Up Your Risk of Lung Disease by Over 40%

Futurity 11/30/2020

More Evidence That Vaping Ups Lung Disease Risk

US News 11/14/2020

Coming Out As Bisexual Linked To Smoking Risk

Futurity 11/9/2020

Trump’s latest defense on Covid-19 is a false attack on health care workers

Vox 11/1/2020

Pandemic Death Toll Is Far Higher Than 200,000 In The US

Futurity 10/8/2020

Analysis Finds True US Pandemic Death Toll Is Much Higher Than 200,000

The Brink 10/8/2020

US coronavirus death toll may be undercounted by as much as 36%: Study of 'excess deaths' finds there may be another 75,000 unconfirmed COVID-19 fatalities

Daily Mail 10/5/2020

Shed the middle-age spread! Losing weight before you hit 40 can more than HALVE the risk of a premature death, study suggests

Daily Mail 8/17/2020

Over 25% Arthritis Cases In US Attributed To Excess Body Weight, Warns Study

International Business Times 8/5/2020

New Studies Link Opioid Prescriptions to Obesity

Pharmacy Times 4/10/2020

Opioid Prescriptions Linked to Obesity

Psyche Central 4/7/2020

JUUL use more than doubled among U.S. teens, young adults in one year

National Post 1/21/2020

Health Risks of NSAIDs Led to 'Significant Under-Treatment of Pain'

Pain News Network 12/12/2019

Vaping teens exposed to as much nicotine as tobacco smokers but don't know it

NBC News 4/22/2019

Teen E-Cigarette Use Linked To Eventual Smoking

Reuters 2/1/2019

Teens Who Vape Are More Likely To Smoke Cigarettes Later

The Verge 2/1/2019

Vaping May Pose Big Risk for Smoking in Otherwise 'Low-Risk' Kids

HealthDay News 2/1/2019
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