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Matthew M. Kavanagh


Visiting Professor Director, Global Health Policy and Governance Initiative, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Visiting Professor of Law

B.A., Vassar College; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; Certificate in Health Law, University of Pennsylvania; M.Ed., Harvard; Ph.D., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Kavanagh is Visiting Professor of Law and Visiting Professor Director of the Global Health Policy and Governance Initiative at Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National...

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Professor Kavanagh is Visiting Professor of Law and Visiting Professor Director of the Global Health Policy and Governance Initiative at Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. A political scientist by training, his research and writing focus on the impact of human and constitutional rights on population health and on the political economy of health policy, particularly HIV and other infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries. He has conducted research in South Africa, India, Malawi, Lesotho, and Thailand and, in 2015, was a visiting researcher at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights, and International Law in Johannesburg. He serves as a member of the UNAIDS Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee, is a policy advisor to the Health Global Access Project, and has advised the WHO, U.S. State Department, and various NGOs on global health policy. Professor Kavanagh’s work has appeared in a variety of law, political science, and health journals and he has been interviewed in outlets ranging from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Science on the law, politics, and policy of global health.

Selected Publications 

Schwartz S, Kavanagh M, Quinn T, Beyrer C, Sugarman J, Solomon S, Njindam IM, Rebe K, Toure-Kane C, Baral S. 2017. "Challenges and opportunities of HIV viral load monitoring among key populations in Low and Middle Income Countries." Journal of the International AIDS Society. 

Kavanagh M. 2016. "Health Rights: Institutional Effects of Constitutional Provisions on Health Outcomes." Studies in Comparative International Development 51 (3): 328. 

Kavanagh M, Cohn J, Mabote L, Meier BM, Williams B, Russell A, Sikwese K, Baker B. 2015. "Evolving Human Rights and the New Science of Antiretroviral Medicine." Health & Human Rights Journal 17(1): 76. 

Meier B, Gelpi A, Kavanagh M, Forman L & Amon J. 2015. "Employing Human Rights Frameworks to Realize Access to an HIV Cure." Journal of the International AIDS Society 18 (1): 20305. 

Kavanagh M, Headley J, Russell A. 2015. "Political Conditions of U.S. Global AIDS Programs Slow Down." The Lancet 285: 419. 

Beyrer C, Birx D, Bekker, Barre-Sinoussi F, Cahn P, Dybul M, Eholie S, Kavanagh M, Katabira E, Lundgren J, Mworeko L, Pala M, Puttanakit T, Ryan O, Sidibé M, Montaner J. 2015. "The Vancouver Consensus: antiretroviral medicines, medical evidence, and political will." The Lancet386 (9993) 505. 

Kavanagh M. 2014. "The Politics & Epidemiology of Transition: PEPFAR and AIDS in South Africa." Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 65(3): 247. 

Kavanagh M and Baker B. 2014. "Governance and Transparency at PEPFAR." Lancet Global Health 2 (1): 13.

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