Anne-Emanuelle Birn

University of Toronto Scarborough

Anne-Emanuelle Birn is Professor of Global Development Studies and of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences (Dalla Lana School of Public Health) at the University of Toronto. Her research explores the history, politics, and political economy of global health, particularly in Latin America. Current projects examine: the history of child health in Uruguay; social activism and policy-making during the COVID-19 pandemic; social justice-oriented South-South health cooperation; and the health harms of Canadian extractivism. Her books include: Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico (Rochester, 2006);  Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home(Rutgers, 2013); Oxford University Press’s Textbook of Global Health (2009; 2017/18); Peripheral Nerve: Health and Medicine in Cold War Latin America (Duke, 2020); and Going Public: The Unmaking and Remaking of Universal Healthcare(Cambridge, 2023). Among other scholar-activist roles, she serves on the Global Steering Council of the People’s Health Movement.  A former Canada Research Chair in International Health, she has been recognized among the top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health, and was named to the List of Canadian Women in Global Health. She is the 2023 recipient of the Arthur J. Viseltear Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Public Health History from the American Public Health Association and Columbia University.

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