About the Author


Meredeth TurshenI am a Professor Emerita in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. My research interests include international health, particularly African women’s health, and I specialize in public health policy. A second interest is in the impact of war on women. I have written five 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; Women’s Health Movements: A Global Force for Change (2007, 2019 2nd edition) published by Palgrave Macmillan; and Gender and the Political Economy of Conflict in Africa: The Persistence of Violence, published by Routledge, 2016. I have also edited six other 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 African Women: A Political Economy (PalgraveMacmillan 2010). I have 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 I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Policy.

I have lectured widely in the US and abroad and am available as a speaker on international health policy, women’s health in Africa, and the impact of war on women.


University of Sussex, England, 1975. Comparative Politics. Dissertation: “The Political Economy of Health with a Case Study of Tanzania.” Supervisors: R. Benewick, B. Graham, J. Powles, G. Lamb

New York University, 1961. Political Science. Thesis: “Japan, 1931. A Study of the Manchurian Crisis.” Advisor: Thomas Hovet

Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1959. Philosophy. Junior year at the University of London with Richard Wollheim and A. J. Ayer


Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London, Spring 2012, Summer 2014, 2015

Fulbright Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice, University of Ottawa, Fall 2011

Jerome Rose Teaching Award, Rutgers University, 2009
Leadership in Diversity Award, Rutgers University, 2007
Vermont Studio Center Grant and Residency, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Blue Mountain Center Fellowship, 2003
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation award, 2001
Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture Faculty Fellowship, 1995-96
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad: Continuity and Change in Morocco and Tunisia, 1993
Hirsch Farm Project, Residency, Hillsboro, Wisconsin, July 1992
Rutgers University Faculty Merit Award 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), Paris, Fellow 1989 90
Rutgers University Faculty Academic Study Program Award: Fall 1985, Fall 1989, Spring 1994, Fall 1997, Spring 2001, Fall 2004, Spring 2008
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Residency, 1987
NJIT Alumni Association Authors Citation for The Political Ecology of Disease in Tanzania awarded at 18th Annual NJ Writers Conference 1985
National Science Foundation, Residency, 1977 78
The Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC, Fellow 1976 77
The Population Council, Fellowship, 1972 73