Cheng Chen

Ashley M. Fox, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor
Specialization: Global Health Policy
Department of Public Administration

300C Milne Hall | 518-442-5205

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About Professor Fox

Ashley M. Fox, MA, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at University At Albany, SUNY.  She earned her BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard between 2009-2010 and at Yale University in the Division of Health Policy and Administration between 2010-2011. 

Her research focuses on the politics of health policy and the effects of policies on health outcomes, including not only policies targeted at health, but also broader social policies that have indirect effects on health. Her research has examined global HIV/AIDS politics, policy and epidemiology including better specifying the role of what is often described as "political commitment" in explaining differences in countries' policy responses to the disease.  Her theoretical interests concern the role of public opinion, party ideology and descriptive representation in public policymaking. She has served as a consultant for the World Bank, UNICEF and PATH.

Selected Publications

  • Fox, A.M., Poirier R. (2018). “How Single-Payer Stacks Up: Evaluating Different Models of Universal Health Coverage on Cost, Access and Quality,” International Journal of Health Services, 48(3): 568-585:
  • Feng, W, Fox A.M.  (2018). “Menu Labels, for Better, and Worse? Exploring Socioeconomic and Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Menu-Label Use in a National Sample," Appetite 128(1): 223-232.
  • Dwicaksono, A., Fox A.M. (2018). “Does decentralization improve health system performance and outcomes in low and middle income countries? A review of the evidence,” Milbank Quarterly, 96(2): 323-368,
  • Sorenson L., Jung H., Fox A.M., Martin E. (2018). “Lead exposure and academic achievement: evidence from childhood lead poisoning prevention efforts,” Journal of Urban Economics, online ahead of print:
  • Fox, A.M. “Friend or Foe? Citizen Perception of Foreign and Non-state Actor Participation in the Health Sector in Africa,” Global Health Governance, forthcoming.
  • Fox, A.M., Feng, W., Yumkham, R. (2017). “Political Context, Policies, and Health Behaviors: The Case of Tobacco,” Social Science and Medicine, 181: 139e147
  • Fox, A.M., Alzwawi S., Refki, D. (2016). “Islamism and the Woman Question in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring: Evidence from the Arab Barometer,” Politics and Governance, 4 (2016), 4: 40-57; URN:
  • Li, K.,* Fox, A.M., Cromley, E., Horowitz, C. (2014). “Do mobile fruit and vegetable vendors alleviate food deserts?,” Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy; 11(E158): 1-9.
  • Fox, A.M., Reich, M.R. "The Politics of Universal Health Coverage in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Framework for Evaluation and Action," Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 40(5):1023-60.
  • Fox, A.M., Blanchet, N.J. (2014). "The little state that couldn't could? The politics of single-payer health coverage in Vermont," Journal of Health Politics, Policy and the Law, 40(3):447-85.
  • Fox, A.M., Balajaran, Y., Reich, M.R. (2014). "A rapid assessment tool to measure political commitment to food and nutrition security," Health Policy and Planning.
  • Fox, A.M. (2014). "AIDS policy responsiveness in Africa: Evidence from opinion surveys," Global Public Health, 9(1–2): 224–248.
  • Gore, R., Fox, A.M., Goldberg, A., Baernighausen, T. (2014). "Bringing the state back in: understanding and validating measures of governments' political commitment to HIV," Global Public Health, 9(1–2): 98–120.
  • Fox A.M., Horowitz C. (2013) “Best Practices in Policy Approaches to Obesity Prevention,” Journal of Health Care Poor Underserved, S24(2): 168-192.
  • Fox, A.M. (2014). "Marital concurrency and HIV risk across 16 African countries," AIDS and Behavior, 18(4):791–800.
  • Blanchet, N, Fox, A.M. (2013). "Prospective political analysis for policy design: enhancing the political viability of single-payer health reform in Vermont," Health Policy; 111: 78– 85.
  • Finlay, J.E., Fox, A.M.  (2013). "How reproductive health laws help to explain the gap between contraceptive use and fertility decline: The curious case of Ghana," International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Suppl 1:e24-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2013.07.008.
  • Fox, A.M. (2012). "The HIV-poverty thesis re-examined: poverty, wealth, or inequality as a social determinant of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa?" Journal of Biosocial Science, 44, 459–480.
  • Goldberg A., Fox A.M., Gore R., Baernighausen T. (2012). "Indicators of political commitment to respond to HIV," Sexually Transmitted Infections; 88:e1. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2011-05022
  • Fox, A.M., Goldberg, A., Gore, R., Baernighausen, T. (2011). "Conceptual and methodological challenges to measuring political commitment to respond to HIV," Journal of the International AIDS Society, 14(Suppl 2):S5-S18.
  • Fox, A.M. (2010). "The social determinants of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa:  An inverse relationship between poverty and HIV?" Public Health Reports, 125(S4): 16-24.