David is responsible for conceptualizing and executing opinion research projects using surveys, focus groups, in-depth interviewing, and diary studies. Since joining Public Agenda in 2013, he has spearheaded projects exploring the views and experiences of the general public and of specific populations such as patients, clinicians, students, elected officials, and teachers. His findings have helped shape policy and practice in health, higher education, and democratic engagement.
Prior to joining Public Agenda, he served as an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University Medical Center, where his research focused on public understanding of the appropriate use of health screenings. He has held roles at and conducted research projects for organizations including New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Hunger Project, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and the Oregon Social Learning Center.
David has written for and had his research cited in news outlets such as USA TODAY, The Hill, Real Clear Politics, and Education Week. He has published in peer-reviewed journals including Health Affairs, New Political Science, and Social Studies of Science. Originally from the Philadelphia area, David holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in sociology from New York University.