Global Health Politics Workshop

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A pandemic that has claimed over six million lives has burned the importance of global health into our collective imagination forever. COVID-19 has brought politics to the fore, laid bare global and regional inequalities, and underscored the importance of transnational cooperation. Yet, the coronavirus pandemic is but one of many urgent global health problems. The challenges posed by non-communicable disease, anti-microbial resistance, HIV/AIDS, the drive for universal health coverage, and global health governance are others. How can the study of the politics of global health problems contribute to advancing the human condition and ensuring a better future?

Housed at and sponsored by the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, and convened by Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellow Prof. Joseph Harris, the monthly Global Health Politics Workshop (GHPW) series brings together leading social scientists from the disciplines of anthropology, political science, and sociology, along with practitioners in Boston and around the world, to advance understanding of health phenomena in a globally interconnected world. This workshop operates in hybrid format to accommodate participation in person and via Zoom, and seeks to:

  • Create a forum for the exchange of ideas across disciplines
  • Showcase cutting edge research in the social sciences on the politics of global health
  • Offer a space for graduate student training and professionalization
  • Deepen institutionalization of global health politics research within disciplinary social sciences
  • Bridge scholarly and practitioner worlds

GHPW meets once a month. The first 15 minutes (12:00 to 12:15 pm) will be devoted to lunch, networking, and casual conversation (with Zoom participants having an opportunity to connect with other scholars from around the world conducting GHP research in Breakout Rooms). Forty-minute talks will begin at 12:15 pm, with the remaining 35 minutes devoted to Q&A and discussion with the audience. Presenters will also be available to meet with participants in person and by Zoom on the day of the talk.

In May 2024, GHPW launched the Global Health Politics podcast. Hosted by Prof. Harris, the podcast features intimate, one-of-a-kind conversations with leading scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and activists working on critical issues in global health. Learn more here.

GHPW is guided by a diverse Boston-based Steering Committee that includes:

  • Joseph Harris, Founder and Director, Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University
  • Jane Pryma, Associate Director, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University
  • Kevin Croke, Assistant Professor of Global Health at Harvard School of Public Health
  • Salmaan Keshavjee, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Prerna Singh, Mahatma Gandhi Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Brown University
  • Siri Suh, Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University and Co-Moderator of the Sociology of Global Health Interest Group
  • Rosemary Taylor, Associate Professor of Sociology at Tufts University
  • Gowri Vijayakumar, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University
  • Kim Yi Dionne, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Riverside
  • Melani Cammett (2022-2024), Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University

Registration for individual talks is free but required in order to develop a lunch head count for in-person guests, and to receive a Zoom link for guests participating remotely. Please register to attend upcoming talks here.