Aleksandra Jakubowski


Postdoctoral Researcher
University of California, Berkeley
Center for Effective Global Action

Welcome! Witam!

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley. In this role, I engage with policy officials from low- and middle-income countries to understand their policy priorities and design rigorous research studies to address their questions. This demand-driven approach to research is invigorating it allows me to study a wide range of public policy issues, enables me to be creative in the application of health policy and econometric principles, and inspires me to learn and grow as a researcher. Most importantly, having policy partners engaged from the beginning translates to generating evidence that addresses important questions and has a greater potential to be adopted into policy decisions. Please read about some of the exciting work that has stemmed from my policy engagements at CEGA on my research page.

My research interests lie at the intersection of health policy and economics. I have a particular interest in improving access to quality healthcare services in poor settings. My philosophy is that focusing on expanding healthcare access alone is not enough. We must commit to providing access to high quality health systems where patients are respected and valued. Living in poverty should not mean access to poor quality of services. My research aims to ensure that people of all socio-economic backgrounds have access to quality care.

In previous research, I investigated the impact of large-scale policies and programs in sub-Saharan Africa on health and economic functioning of the recipient populations. In my doctoral work I found that the US President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) significantly lowered under-5 mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa. You can read a summary of this academic paper in this NY Times article. In ongoing work in Uganda and Kenya, I am collaborating with my mentor Harsha Thirumurthy to assess socioeconomic consequences of expanded access to antiretroviral therapy in the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) trial.

I have a PhD in Health Policy, economics track, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University. Before joining CEGA, I was a postdoc at Stanford University.

I was born and grew up in a small town near Częstochowa in Poland. My family immigrated to the US when I was a teenager, and since then I've called home these wonderful places: Brooklyn, Boston, New Jersey, North Carolina, and most recently, the beautiful Bay Area of California.


University of California, Berkeley
Center for Effective Global Action
University Hall, 714B
Berkeley, CA 94720
Email: jakubowski(at)berkley(dot)edu