Professor Meredeth Turshen Selected as Fulbright Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice 2011

Prof. Meredeth Turshen from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University will be joining the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in September for a period of 4 months. Prof. Turshen’s research interests include international health, particularly African women’s health, with a focus on public health policy. A second interest is the impact of war on women. Her research while at the University of Ottawa will be on the role of women in war economies in particular, Prof. Turshen will examine the cases of Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Prof. Turshen has written four books: The Political Ecology of Disease in Tanzania (1984), The Politics of Public Health (1989), and Privatizing Health Services in Africa (1999), all published by Rutgers University Press, and Women’s Health Movements: A Global Force for Change (2007) published by Palgrave Macmillan. She has also edited six books: Women and Health in Africa (Africa World Press, 1991), Women’s Lives and Public Policy: The International Experience (Greenwood, 1993), What Women Do in Wartime: Gender and Conflict in Africa (Zed Books, 1998), which was translated into French (L’Harmattan, 2001), African Women’s Health (Africa World Press, 2000), The Aftermath: Women in Postconflict Transformation (Zed Books, 2002), and most recently African Women: A Political Economy (PalgraveMacmillan 2010).

She has served on the Board of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars, as Treasurer of the Committee for Health in Southern Africa, as contributing editor of the Review of African Political Economy, and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Policy.

Welcome Professor Turshen!

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