Andrew Kelly

Patrick Henry Post-Doctoral Fellow

275B Mergenthaler Hall
On Leave


Andrew received his PhD in political science from Northwestern University in 2012. His work is in the areas of American political development and comparative politics, with a focus on science and health policy. His dissertation, “Entering the New Frontier: The Origins and Development of Scientific Capacity in the United States and Great Britain,” explores the political origins of American scientific capacity in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century. In a comparison with Great Britain, Kelly examines the ability of scientists in the American bureaucracy to expand scientific capacity through the construction of a network of public-private connections between the federal government, institutions of higher learning, and private scientific institutions. After completing his PhD, Andrew spent two years at the University of California, Berkeley as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar. His work as an RWJF Health Policy Scholar exams changes within Medicare, particularly the shift toward private insurance plans. Additional work examines the politics of healthcare cost containment and the ability of bureaucrats to innovate using Demonstration Projects. Andrew also spent time at the University of California, San Francisco, where he undertook research related to the politics of public health policy and tobacco-control policy.