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James Buszkiewicz

Research Investigator, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, School of Public Health

James Buszkiewicz is a social epidemiologist who applies both epidemiologic and econometric methods to understand how policy can address key structural determinants of health, such as income inequity and racism. Buszkiewicz has used restricted-use data from the National Health Interview Survey and public-use files from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to examine the impact of raising state minimum wages on health and mental well-being. He has also worked in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center to examine the influence of COVID-19 and the subsequent, multi-pronged policy response on diet quality, food insecurity, and mental health of Washington State residents and tribal members. As part of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health (CSEPH), Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, and the Center for the Assessment of Tobacco and Health (CAsToR), his work examines how the Food and Drug Administration’s tobacco control policies, such as couponing and flavoring, may be used as a tool to reduce racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequities in polytobacco use and health.

PhD, University of Washington; MPH, Boston University; and BA, Boston University.