John A. Graves, C'03, is assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he holds appointments in the Department of Health Policy and the Department of Medicine. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of health care reforms at the state and federal level. Graves was hired by the Obama administration in 2008 as part of a team that used social science research to inform the development of the Affordable Care Act. More recently, Graves' research on the dynamics of health insurance has played a particularly important role in key policy debates: his research was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court’s arguments over the Affordable Care Act; has been featured prominently in the national media and in state debates over the impact of Medicaid expansion on hospital finances; and was a key catalyst for regulatory changes affecting the way patients pay for insurance plans in the state insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.
Graves is a Sewanee graduate with double majors in economics and English. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University and is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the National Institute on Aging, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the American Statistical Association, and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
The lecture is sponsored by the James Kennedy Lecture and Seminar Series, the Department of Economics and Community Engaged Learning.