Joseph Harris

Joseph Harris Assistant Professor, Sociology

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012)

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Curriculum Vitae



Joseph Harris is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University. He conducts comparative historical research that lies at the intersection of sociology, political science, and global health. He is author of Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism (Cornell University Press, 2017). He is co-founder of the American Sociological Association’s Global Health and Development Interest Group and currently serves on the governing Council of the ASA Section on the Sociology of Development and is past Associate Editor at Social Science and Medicine. He has received two Fulbright scholarships for his research on the politics of health policy in Thailand. He received his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.  In 2017, he received the Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching, the college’s highest teaching award.


Harris, Joseph. 2020. “Viruses Don’t Care about Borders.” Contexts. Special Issue on the Global Impact of COVID-19: Healthcare and Critical Infrastructure Section. March 30.

Harris, Joseph, and Selway, Joel. 2020. “A Scholarly Exchange: Explaining the Passage of Universal Healthcare in Thailand.” Journal of East Asian Studies. 20(1): 99-119.

Harris, Joseph. 2020. “Science and Democracy Reconsidered.” Engaging Science, Technology and Society. 6: 102-110.

Harris, Joseph. 2019. “The Politics of Expanding Access to Healthcare to the Poor and Informal Sectors.” Sociological Forum. 34(4): 818-37.

Harris, Joseph and White, Alexandre. 2019. “Sociology of Global Health: A Literature Review.” Sociology of Development. 5(1): 9-30.

  • Lead Article for Special Issue on the Sociology of Global Health

Harris, Joseph. 2017. Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Harris, Joseph. 2017. “Professional Movements and the Expansion of Access to Healthcare in the Industrializing World.” Sociology of Development. Special Issue on Professions and Professionals in the Global South. 3(3): 252-72.