Joan Kaufman


Joan Kaufman is the Director for Academics at Schwarzman Scholars, a newly launched elite international master’s program in global affairs at Tsinghua University in China inspired by the Rhodes Scholars program at Oxford University in the U.K.   An expert on both China and global health policy, she was the Director of Columbia University’s Global Center for East Asia (Beijing) from 2012-2016 and Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.   From 2003-2012 she was based at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management as a Distinguished Scientist and Senior Lecturer and as the Associate Director of the Master Program in Health Policy and Management.  She has been a Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School since 2003 and also served as Adjunct Professor of Global Health Policy at Tsinghua University’s Research Center for Public Health.  She was a Radcliffe fellow in residence at Harvard from 2001-2002 and named as a Soros Reproductive Health and Rights Fellow in 2005. She taught and was based at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government from 2002-2010 where she founded and directed the AIDS Public Policy Project and was a faculty affiliate of Harvard’s Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations.  She has lived and worked in China for 15 years since 1980 for the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and Columbia University.   She received a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, and holds an MA and MS (UC Berkeley) and BA (Trinity College) cum laude in Chinese Studies. She has consulted for many organizations and publishes frequently on global health policy, HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, reproductive health, population, emerging infectious diseases, and civil society with a focus on China.

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