Andrew S Kelly, Ph.D. Faculty Profile

Andrew  S  Kelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Public Health

Andrew S. Kelly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at California State University, East Bay. His research is at the intersection of American political development and US public policy, with a focus on health care, public health, and science policy. His work has been published in, among other venues, Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and LawPublius: The Journal of Federalism, The Forum, and Studies in American Political Development.  He received his PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University. After completing his PhD, Dr. Kelly was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Kelly has also held postodoctoral positions at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, San Francisco. 

Dr. Kelly's current research examines health care policy innovation at the Federal and State level, with a particular focus on public-private partnerships, policy learning, and intergovernmental collaboration in payment and delivery reforms. Dr. Kelly's ongoing research also foucses on the sources of public health capacity, specifically, and state capacity, more generally, across California counties. More generally, Dr. Kelly's work investigates the political and institutional opportunities for policy innovation in health care, public health, and science policy.

  • Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • M.A., Northwestern University
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University

Not teaching this semester.

Andrew S. Kelly. “Private Power in Public Programs: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Structural Power of Private Insurance.” Studies in American Political Development (Volume 37, Issue 1: 24-40 January 2023)

Rocco, Philip, Andrew S. Kelly, and Ann Keller. “State Politics and the Uneven Fate of Medicaid Expansion.” Health Affairs 39 (3, 2020): 494-501.

Rocco, Philip and Andrew S. Kelly. “An Engine of Change? The Affordable Care Act and the Shifting Politics of Demonstration Projects.” The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 6(2): 67-84.

Andrew S. Kelly. “Finding Stability and Sustainability in the Trump Era: Medicare and the Affordable Care Act in Historical Perspective,” in American Political Development and the Trump Presidency. Zachary Callen and Philip Rocco, eds.University of Pennsylvania Press (2020)

Andrew S. Kelly and Philip Rocco. “From ‘Trial and Error’ to Major Reform: The Politics of Medicare Demonstration Projects.” Public Administration (Volume 97, No. 3: 621-638. September 2019).

Rocco, Philip, Andrew S. Kelly, and Ann Keller. “Politics at the Cutting Edge: Intergovernmental Policy Innovation in the Affordable Care Act.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism (2018) (

Kelly, Andrew S. and Jaime King. “All Payer Claims Databases: The Balance Between Big Data Utility and Individual Health Privacy.”  The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition. October 2017.  (Research supported by California Health Care Foundation)

Kelly, Andrew S. “Health Policy in the Trump Era: Will Politics Unmake Policy?”  Forum (Volume 15, Issue 2: 345-362.  July 2017)

Rocco, Philip, Andrew S. Kelly, Daniel Beland, and Michael Kinane. “The New Politics of US Health Care Prices: Institutional Reconfiguration and the Emergence of All-Payer Claims Databases.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (Volume 42, Number 1: 5-52.  February 2017)

Kelly, Andrew S.  “Boutique to Booming: Medicare Managed Care and the Private Path to Policy Change.”  Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (Volume 41, Number 3: 315-354.  June 2016)

Kelly, Andrew S. “Mistaken for Dead: The Affordable Care Act and the Continued Resilience of Medicare Advantage.”  Forum (Volume 13, Issue 1: 143-165.  April 2015)

Kelly, Andrew S. and James Mahoney. “Emergence of New World States.” In Stephen Leibfried, Frank Nullmeier, Evelyne Huber, Matthew Lange, Johah Levy, and John D. Stephens, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State.  Oxford: Oxford University Press

Kelly, Andrew S. “The Political Development of Scientific Capacity in the United States.”  Studies in American Political Development (Volume 28, Issue 1: 1-25. April 2014) 

2023 Leonard S. Robins Award for the Best Paper in Health Politics and Policy Presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (with Didi Kuo)

2020 Leonard S. Robins Award for the Best Paper in Health Politics and Policy Presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. 

2017  APSA Organized Section on Public Policy: Best Poster on Public Policy Award (Shared with Phillip Rocco)

2016  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Grant (Shared with Ann Keller and Phillip Rocco)

Academic Senate 2019-2021, 2023-2025

Curriculum Committee, Public Health Department, 2017-

Public Health Speaking Series, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2022-2023


2012-2014  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley/UCSF

2011-2012  Monell Foundation Fellowship in Technology and Democracy, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia.