Jeffrey Drope, PhD

Scientific Vice President,  Economic & Health Policy Research

Jeff Drope, PhD, focuses his research on the nexus of public health (including tobacco control, harmful alcohol use, nutrition, and access to care) and economic policymaking, especially trade, investment, and taxation. His work seeks to integrate the two policy areas in proactive ways that engender both improved public health outcomes and economic prosperity.

Recent funding support comes from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute for Drug Abuse, Fogarty International Center and the National Cancer Institute), the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (with funds from the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use), the National Science Foundation, and the International Development Research Centre.

In addition to extensively publishing in these substantive areas, including as co-author of the most recent Tobacco Atlas, he actively participates in capacity-building efforts across the globe, working with major inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, national governments and many educational institutions.

Currently, Dr. Drope is spearheading a multi-country initiative on the economics of tobacco farming in low- and middle-income countries. He is also an associate professor of political science at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he regularly teaches and mentors students on global health and development. Contact: