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Curriculum Vitae

1993 MIA, Human Rights and Public Health, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, New York
1990 J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, New York
1982 B.A., Sociology and Ethno-methodology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Sofia Gruskin directs the Institute for Global Health and its Program on Global Health & 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 member 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. She leads the USC Law & Global Health Collaboration alongside professors Alexander Capron and Charlie Kaplan from USC Gould School of Law and USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, respectively.

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 HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health, gender-based violence, non-communicable disease and health systems. Her current partners include the World Health Organization, United Nations Development Programme, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Open Society Foundations and local organizations and universities in Brazil, India and Vietnam.

Gruskin sits on numerous boards and committees including the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board and the technical advisory group for the High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents, jointly initiated by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and WHO. 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.


In recent years Gruskin served on the board of directors for the Guttmacher Institute, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Outcome and Impact Evaluation of Global HIV/AIDS Programs Implemented Under the Lantos/Hyde Act of 2008, the technical advisory Group of the UN Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. Gruskin was with Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health for many years; director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights and associate professor in the department of Global Health and Population; and co-director of the Interdepartmental Program on Women, Gender and Health.

Gruskin has published extensively, including several books, and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Public HealthGlobal Public HealthReproductive Health Matters and Revue Tiers Monde.

View her publications and bibliography.