My work sits at the intersection of health, political economy, and law. I am currently Mumford Doctoral Fellow in Political Science and a fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. My research and writing focuses on the political economy of health policy in low- and middle-income countries and the political impact of human and constitutional rights on population health. I have conducted research in South Africa, Malawi, Lesotho, India, and Thailand and, in 2015, was a visiting researcher at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights, and International Law in Johannesburg. Grants for this work have come from the National Science Foundation, AMfar: foundation for AIDS research, Christopher Browne Center for International Politics, and others.
I have also served as a member of the UNAIDS Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee and advised the WHO, U.S. State Department, and various NGOs on global health policy. For a dozen years, before graduate school, I led transnational policy efforts in the U.S. and Southern Africa focused on HIV and tuberculosis treatment, international trade, and water rights. I have presented my research and analysis before the U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health, members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, and the U.S. Trade Representative.
My work has appeared in The Lancet, Studies in Comparative International Development, Health & Human Rights and other leading journals and I have been interviewed in outlets ranging from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to the BBC and Science on the politics of global health. I hold a BA from Vassar College, a masters degree from Harvard University, a certificate in Health Law from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and am completing my PhD in political science at UPenn. When not engaged with global health policy, I spend my time raising my toddler and teaching people how to scuba dive.