Judyth Twigg

Judyth Twigg, Ph.D.

827 West Franklin Street, Rm 316


B.S. Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1984

M.A. Political Science and Soviet Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1986

Ph.D. Political Science and Security Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994


International health, with a particular focus on health sector reform in post-socialist countries, and on US-Russia collaboration in medicine and public health.


Judy Twigg is professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches courses on global health, international political economy, international relations, and Russian politics. She is also currently serving as a senior associate (non-resident) with the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she directs the Eurasia Health Project; consultant to the World Bank and U.S. federal government; and adjunct professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  She co-chairs the Public Health Working Group and the overall Steering Committee for the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange Program (formerly the Civil Society Partnership Program) administered by the Eurasia Foundation.   She has also been a senior advisor for the Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council in New York.

Twigg’s work focuses on issues of health, demographic change, and health systems reform in Russia, as well as evaluations of health reform, communicable disease control, and education reform projects across the former Soviet Union, sub-Saharan Africa, and other parts of the world. She has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Congress and has been a member of several congressional and other U.S. government advisory groups on Russian affairs. She was a member of the 2005 Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S.-Russia relations and one of 12 recipients of the 2005 State Council on Higher Education in Virginia’s Distinguished Faculty Award.  In early 2014, she was inducted into the Fort Hill High School Alumni Hall of Fame.


“Unfolding Tragedy in Ukraine,” Journal of AIDS and HIV Infections, Vol. 1, Issue 1, April 2015, available at http://www.annexpublishers.com/articles/JAHI/Volume-1-Issue-1/Unfolding-Tragedy-in-Ukraine.pdf

“Ukraine’s Real Crisis: A Demographic and Health Time Bomb” (with E. Wayne Merry), The National Interest, December 15, 2014, available at http://nationalinterest.org/feature/ukraines-real-crisis-demographics-health-time-bomb-11851

“Ukraine: Trends and Regional Dynamics in Population, Health, and Migration,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 344, September 2014 (PONARS is the Project on New Approaches to Russian Security, a network of American and Russian academics exploring policy approaches to security in Russia and Eurasia), available at http://www.ponarseurasia.org/sites/default/files/policy-memos-pdf/Pepm344_Twigg_Sept2014.pdf

“Polio in Ukraine: Crisis, Challenge, Opportunity,” report of the Global Health Policy Center of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 2016

“U.S.-Russia Health Engagement: Still on the Agenda,” report of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Health Policy Center, Washington, DC, March 2014, available at http://csis.org/files/publication/140401_Twigg_USRussiaHealthEngagement_Web.pdf

“Project Performance Assessment Report for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Health Sector Management Project,” World Bank, September 2013, available at http://wbln1023.worldbank.org/oed/oeddoclib.nsf/DocUNIDViewForJavaSearch/17421A0563FC869085257C2900787F90/$file/PPAR-78210-P086670-Macedonia_Health_Sector_Mgt.pdf.

“Russia, the United States, and Global Health: Russia Ascends,” in Katherine E. Bliss, ed., The Changing Landscape of Global Health Diplomacy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC, May 2013, available at https://csis.org/files/publication/130423_Bliss_TheChangingLandscape_web.pdf

“U.S. Priorities for Global Health Diplomacy,” with Katherine E. Bliss and J. Stephen Morrison, in J. Stephen Morrison, ed., Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term: A Report of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC, February 2013, available at https://csis.org/files/publication/130214_Morrison_GHTransitionVolume_Web_FINAL.pdf

“Russia’s Human Capital Challenges and Potential for International Collaboration,” in Nicholas Eberstadt, Hans Groth, and Judy Twigg, Addressing Russia’s Mounting Human Resource Crisis, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, February 2013, available at http://www.aei.org/files/2013/02/13/-addressing-russias-mounting-human-resources-crisis_170553566747.pdf#page=4.

“Kyrgyzstan: Achieving Successful Health System Reform Where Others Have Failed,” in Ellen Rosskam and Ilona Kickbusch, eds., Negotiating and Navigating Global Health: Case Studies in Global Health Diplomacy (London: World Scientific and Imperial College), 2012

Russia’s Emerging Global Health Leadership (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies), April 2012, available at http://csis.org/files/publication/120403_Twigg_RussiaEmergingGlobalhealth_Web.pdf

“Russia’s Global Health Outlook: Building Capacity to Match Aspirations,” in Key Players in Global Health: How Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa Are Influencing the Game, CSIS Global Health Policy Center, November 2010, available at


“Project Performance Assessment Report: Lesotho Health Sector Reform Project and HIV/AIDS Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance Projects,” World Bank, June 2010, available at http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2010/08/02/000334955_20100802030516/Rendered/PDF/554170PPAR0P111Official0Use0Only161.pdf

“Enhanced Project Performance Assessment Report: Kyrgyz Republic Health Reform Projects and Sector-Wide Approach,” Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank, 2008, available at http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTWBASSHEANUTPOP/Resources/kyrgyz_health_reform_ppar.pdf

“HIV/AIDS in Russia: Commitment, Resources, Momentum, Challenges,” report for the HIV/AIDS Task Force of the Global Health Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC, October 2007, available at  http://csis.org/files/media/csis/pubs/071016_russiahivaids.pdf

HIV/AIDS in Russia and Eurasia (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan), January 2007 (foreword by Strobe Talbott)