Global Health Colloquium featuring Joseph Harris - “Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Universal Health Care in Thailand, Brazil, and South Africa”

Fri, Apr 21, 2017,
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Global Health Colloquium

Joseph Harris, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Boston University

Dr. Joseph Harris conducts comparative and historical research that lies at the intersection of sociology, public policy, and global health. His forthcoming book from Cornell University Press explores the puzzle of how and why developing countries are making expensive commitments to universal healthcare and costly treatment for HIV/AIDS. It draws out the surprising role played by elite members of esteemed professions – frequently doctors and lawyers – who draw on the offices of the state and legal expertise to forge progressive change on behalf of those in need in the face of broader professional dissent in Thailand, Brazil, and South Africa. The relative success of “professional movements” in Thailand and Brazil and failure in South Africa highlights critical differences in the character of democratic transition.

Dr. Harris has served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank, most recently as Specialist on the Political Economy of Healthcare Reform for the Japan-World Bank Project on Universal Coverage. He is a past recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award and the Henry Luce Scholarship and holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and served as Lecturer at the University of Chicago’s School of Public Policy Studies before joining the faculty at BU.

His current research agenda centers on the politics of social policy in the industrializing world; comparative understanding of state capacity, bureaucratic autonomy, and the developmental state; the emergent sociology of global health; and policy diffusion from the global periphery.


Lunch will be served beginning at 11:45am

Organized by the Global Health Program.
Co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for Health & Wellbeing and the Department of Anthropology.

Location: 
Bowl 16, Robertson Hall
Audience: 
Free & open to the public

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