Sofia Gruskin - Chair

California, USA

Professor, Keck School of Medicine and Gould School of Law;

Director, Program on Global Health and Human Rights and Institute for Global Health, University of Southern California

Sofia Gruskin (JD. MIA.) directs the Institute for Global Health and its Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Southern California. She holds an appointment as professor of preventive medicine and serves as chief of the Policy and Global Health division at the Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Preventive Medicine. In addition, she is a professor of law at the USC Gould School of Law, affiliate faculty with the department of American Studies and Ethnicity and Spatial Sciences Institute—both at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences—and serves on the USC Academic Senate Executive Board.

A pioneer in global health and human rights, Gruskin’s 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 gender and sexuality, in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health, gender-based violence, non-communicable disease and health systems. Sofia sits on numerous boards and committees including the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board and 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  Global Public HealthReproductive Health Matters and Revue Tiers Monde.