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David Schleifer

David oversees the development, management, and implementation of Public Agenda’s research projects and on collaborations with Public Agenda’s public engagement and higher education and workforce engagement departments. His research includes projects in health care, higher education, K-12 education and civic participation.

David joined Public Agenda in 2013 after conducting health care research at Columbia University Medical Center. David previously worked on research and evaluation projects at organizations including the New York City Department of Health, the Hunger Project, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute and the Oregon Social Learning Center. In these roles, he has designed and executed research on topics including federal nutrition labeling policy, the appropriate use of medical technologies, parenting outcomes and the implementation of New York City’s trans fat ban.

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. He was a John C. Haas fellow at the Science History Institute and a science writing fellow in the To Think, To Write, To Publish program at Arizona State University. His research has been published in academic and nonacademic venues including Health Affairs, NEJM Catalyst, the Journal of Urban Health, Social Studies of Science, PLoS One, Issues in Science and Technology, Technology and Culture, and N+1.

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