Law and Policy Analyst

Alexandra Hess is a Law and Policy Analyst for the Policy Surveillance Program. Ms. Hess is responsible for researching, analyzing, and coding laws for the creation of legal datasets on She has worked on projects related to abortion, school discipline, and preemption.

Prior to joining the Policy Surveillance Program, Ms. Hess worked on the Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy Project, contributing to the development of reports that identify opportunities to achieve the nation’s public health objectives through law and policy. During law school, Ms. Hess was a legal researcher with the Center for Public Health Law and Policy, where she co-authored articles on public health preemption and the opioid epidemic.

Ms. Hess earned her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2018. She received highest distinction in Pro Bono service. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico in 2015.