Joseph Harris | Asst. Professor - Sociology - Boston University | Sociology of Global Health
Joseph Harris is an Assistant Professor at Boston University and founder of the ASA's Global Health and Development interest group.
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Joseph Harris is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University and author of Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism (Cornell University Press, 2017). He studies the role of elite networks in public policies critical to public health and human welfare. He holds a PhD in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. His expertise has been recognized by the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank, where he has served as a consultant, most recently as a Specialist on the Political Economy of Health Reform on the Japan-World Bank Project on Universal Coverage. Prior to joining the faculty at BU, he served as Lecturer at the University of Chicago’s School of Public Policy Studies.

400
Million people still lack access to one or more essential health services globally
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100
Million people are pushed into poverty each year due to out-of-pocket health expenditure
79
Countries devoted less than 10% of government expenditure to health in 2010
70+
Countries sought WHO technical assistance to move towards universal health coverage in 2012 and 2013 alone
36.9
Million people worldwide currently live with HIV/AIDS
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13.5
Million people living with HIV in low and middle income countries receive AIDS treatment
“Access to health care should be viewed as a right and not charity.”

–Dr. Sanguan Nitiyarumphong

Photo (Thai man): REUTERS/Damir Sagolj