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The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future has named Professor Joseph Harris a 2015-16 Faculty Research Fellow. “With seed funding from the Pardee Center, the 10 Faculty Research Fellows will launch two- or three-year interdisciplinary research projects on topics ranging from the implications of China’s investments in other developing countries to establishing the first urban nitrogen monitoring stations in Boston that will connect with a nationwide network of other nitrogen monitoring stations.” 
Professor Harris plans to “convene the First National Conference on Global Health and the Social Sciences, bringing together anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists working on global health from around the nation and world. The conference is intended to expose participants to colleagues from other disciplines, to new ideas, and to provide the opportunity for scholars to create new research pathways and chart new agendas in conference sessions with both disciplinary and interdisciplinary themes.” 
Professor Joseph Harris was recently invited to travel to Bangkok, Thailand to share knowledge and insights related to the political economy of universal health coverage as part of a workshop sponsored by the World Bank for countries in the Southeast Asian region moving towards universal health coverage. The workshop was held in the days leading up to the invitation-only Prince Mahidol Awards Conference for members of the global health community in Bangkok, Thailand from Jan 26-31, 2015, which Harris also attended.
This engagement builds on Harris’ previous work on universal coverage and past work with international organizations, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He contributed to the World Bank’s landmark report released in 2014 – Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development – which represented the Bank’s first involvement in the political economy of universal coverage. Harris also previously served as a delegate to the Japan-World Bank Conference on Universal Coverage in December 2013 and led the political economy section of a workshop on universal coverage for members of the global health community in Washington in October 2014.
These experiences naturally build on Harris’ research on the politics of expanding access to healthcare and HIV/AIDS medication. He is currently finalizing his book manuscript on the politics of access to healthcare and medicine in Thailand, Brazil, and South Africa, and his article, “’Developmental Capture’ of the State: Explaining Thailand’s Universal Coverage Policy,” was recently featured in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.
Professor Joseph Harris was recently selected as a Fellow by the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG), established in 2013 by a group of senior scholars at top U.S. research institutions to highlight the best new research being done by young social scientists working on Southeast Asian politics, and to establish a network of scholars in political science and allied disciplines who are working at the forefront of Southeast Asian studies in North America. Only six fellows were selected in a very competitive search process for leading work in the study of Southeast Asia.
It is increasingly clear that understanding health also means understanding economic and political policies, and beginning in Fall 2013, the Sociology Department will be joined by Prof. Joseph Harris as Assistant Professor, with a specialization in Global Health and Development. Prof. Harris is a 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, with a 2005 Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and consulting experience across three continents for organizations ranging from the World Bank to UNDP and the Grameen Foundation. His research agenda positions him perfectly to do the kind of comparative political analysis of health care and health policy that will contribute to a distinctive BU approach to comparative political and economic study of health and health care. As a specialist in Thailand and extensive experience elsewhere in Asia, Dr. Harris will also contribute to Asian Studies and to International Relations at BU.