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

Dr. Matthew Kavanagh is Visiting Professor of Law and 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.