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.

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