Judyth Twigg

Judyth Twigg, Ph.D.

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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 a professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches courses on global health, international political economy and Russian politics. She is also a senior associate with the Global Health Policy Center and Russia & Eurasia Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; consultant for the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank; adjunct professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University; and member of the board of trustees of the Eurasia Foundation. She has been a consultant for the Kennan Institute, John Snow, Inc., UNICEF, the Social Science Research Council and various U.S. government agencies.

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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