Tanya Clark Jones

Research Interests: 
Institutional Change, Governance, Development, Medical Sociology

Tanya Jones is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds an M.A. in sociology also from U.C. Berkeley, an M.P.A in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a B.A. in African-American Studies and American Civilization from Brown University. She is currently a Thurgood Marshall Fellow at Dartmouth College and a Fellow at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ms. Jones has received pre-doctoral and dissertation fellowships from Dartmouth College, Ford Foundation, and a visiting fellowship at Harvard University. In addition, she is the recipient of travel and research grants from the Mellon Foundation, the US Department of Education, and the University of California. As an undergraduate, Ms. Jones was a Mellon-Mays Fellow and a three-time Academic All-Ivy honoree for her achievements in Track and Field. Her research is focused on global health policy, governance, development studies and institutional change. Her dissertation, “Health Equity for the Millennium: The Scaling-up of the Community-based Health and Planning Initiative in Ghana”, explores the implementation of a community-based health policy in Ghana over a 15-year period. Her research analyzes the contributions to policy adoption of a variety of stakeholders, including Ministry of Health leadership, donor partners, community members and the international NGO community.  Jones examines the ways in which this health sector reform effort has been contested, adapted and modified to respond to the changing conditions in the political and fiscal space in Ghana and globally. Jones’ career embodies the path of a practitioner-scholar, as for over a decade she has held leadership roles in several non-profit organizations as an international health practitioner and as a global health funder stewarding institutional and individual philanthropic awards within the sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia regions.

PhD Date:: 
May, 2017
Dissertation Title: 
Health Equity for the Millennium: The Community-based Health and Planning Services (CHPS) Initiative in Ghana
Dissertation Committee: 
Ann Swidler, Chair Jennifer Johnson-Hanks Ndola Prata