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John T. Monahan

John T. Monahan

Senior Scholar


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Professor Monahan is the Senior Advisor for Global Health to Georgetown University President John J DeGioia; Senior Fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and Senior Scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Most recently, he has served as the Special Advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the US Department of State (2010-2014) as well as Counselor to the Secretary and Director of Global Health Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2010). Monahan served as the founding Executive Director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and as a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law School (2007-2008). He was Senior Fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation (2000-2006); Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (2001-2008); Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children and Families (1997-1999) and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (1993-1996) at US Department of Health and Human Services; Counsel to Senator David Pryor (1990-1991); Investigator for the US Senate Special Committee on Aging (1989); Clerk for US District Court Judge John F. Grady (1988); and Associate with Hopkins and Sutter (1987). Monahan served on the Obama-Biden and Clinton-Gore transition teams, and he has worked on numerous campaigns.

Selected Publications


Gostin, Lawrence O, John T Monahan, Mary C DeBartolo, and Richard Horton. "Law’s power to safeguard global health: a Lancet–O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law." The Lancet (2015).