Sofia Gruskin - Chair

Los Angeles, California, USA

Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights;
Professor, University of Southern California Institute of Global Health

Sofia Gruskin (JD. MIA.) directs the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health and holds tenured professorships with the Keck School of Medicine and the Gould School of Law.  Her work, which ranges from global policy to the grassroots level, has been instrumental in developing the conceptual, methodological and empirical links between health and human rights, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, child and adolescent health, gender-based violence, non-communicable disease, and health systems. Current partners include the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Open Society Foundation, and local organizations and universities in Brazil, India and Vietnam.


Sofia sits on numerous boards and committees including the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board and the Technical Advisory Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents jointly initiated by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the World Health Organization. She is Co-Coordinator of the Rights-Oriented Research and Education Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health, an international network of sexual and reproductive health and rights researchers and advocates, and leads the USC Law & Global Health Collaboration. Sofia was with Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health for many years. She has published extensively and serves on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Public HealthGlobal Public HealthReproductive Health Matters and Revue Tiers Monde.