David Schleifer manages and executes Public Agenda’s research, including projects in health care, K-12 education, higher education and civic participation. Along with the rest of the research team at Public Agenda, David’s work elevates the views and voices of members of the public and other stakeholders through focus groups, surveys, in-depth interviewing and media analysis. 

David joined Public Agenda in 2013 after conducting research at institutions including Columbia University Medical Center, the New York City Department of Health, the Hunger Project, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute and the Oregon Social Learning Center.  David holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in sociology from New York University, where he wrote his dissertation about how and why food corporations invested in replacing trans fats. His research has been published in Health Affairs, New Political Science, NEJM Catalyst, the Journal of Urban Health, Government Finance Review, Social Studies of Science, PLoS One, Issues in Science and Technology, Technology and Culture, and N+1.

Areas of expertise: health care, opinion research, focus group design, in-depth interviewing, qualitative data analysis.