Anne-Emanuelle Birn

 
Anne-Emanuelle Birn

Professor
International Health and IDS
MW
288
(416) 287-7322

Biography: 

Anne-Emanuelle Birn is Professor of Critical Development Studies (UTSC) and of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences (Dalla Lana School of Public Health) at the University of Toronto, where she served as Canada Research Chair in International Health from 2003 to 2013. Previously she was a professor of Health Policy at the New School in New York, and has been a visiting professor at the Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay, and at the Centre de Recherche Médicale et Sanitaire (INSERM) and Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (INED) in Paris. Professor Birn’s research explores the history, politics, and political economy of international/global health, with particular interests in Latin American health and social justice movements, child health/rights, philanthrocapitalism, and the societal determination of health—and emphases ranging from the scatological to the ideological. Her work has appeared in North American, Latin American, African, and European journals and presses; she has also edited seven special journal issues. Her books include: Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico (2006); Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home (2013); and Oxford University Press’s Textbook of Global Health (2017).  Professor Birn’s honors include Fulbright and Rotary fellowships, election to the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, numerous endowed lectureships across the Americas and Asia, and in 2014 she was recognized among the top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health.

Just out !!    U.S. Philanthrocapitalism and the Global Health Agenda:  The Rockefeller and Gates Foundation, Past and Present

Research Interests: 

  • History of child health and child rights in and from Uruguay
  • History of International and Global Health in the Americas
  • Latin American - Soviet relations in health and medicine before and during the Cold War
  • Social Justice-Oriented South-South Cooperation in Health, past and present
  • Primary health care, social justice, and international (health) politics in the 1980s and 1990s

Teaching Interests: 

  • Global health policy and politics
  • History of public health in Latin America
  • Health and development, past and present

Awards and Grants: 

2013 - 18   Nominated PI for “Health Diplomacy at a Crossroads: Social Justice-Oriented South-South Cooperation in a Time of Global Change," CIHR Operating Grant

2014  Recognized among top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health:
http://graduateinstitute.ch/files/live/sites/iheid/files/sites/globalhea...

2008-13 (renewal)  Canada Research Chair (Tier II), funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

2006-11  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant

Publications: 

BOOKS:

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, Pillay, Yogan, and Holtz, Timothy H. Textbook of Global Health, 4th edition. Oxford University Press, 2017.
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/textbook-of-global-health-978019...

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle and Brown, Theodore, eds. Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home, Rutgers University Press, 2013.
http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/product/Comrades-in-Health,4808.aspx

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, Pillay, Yogan, and Holtz, Timothy H. Textbook of International Health: Global Health in a Dynamic World, 3rd edition.  Oxford University Press, 2009.
http://www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Medicine/PublicHealth/?...

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle. Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico, University of Rochester Press, 2006; paperback edition 2012.    Boydellandbrewer.com/marriage-of-convenience.html

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES (SINCE 2011):

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, Muntaner, Carles, and Afzal, Zabia, “South-South cooperation in health: Bringing in theory, politics, history, and social
justice,” Cadernos de Saúde Pública/ Reports in Public Health, 2017, 33 (1) (suppl. 2): 1-16, e00194616.
http://cadernos.ensp.fiocruz.br/csp/artigo/241/a-cooperao-sul-sul-em-sade-trazendo-perspectivas-tericas-polticas-histricas-e-de-justia-social

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, Nervi, Laura, and Siqueira, Eduardo, “Neoliberalism Redux: The Global Health Policy Agenda and the Politics of Cooptation in Latin America and Beyond,”
Development and Change, Forum 2016, Debate section, 47(4): 734-759.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle and Nervi, Laura, “Political Roots of the Struggle for Health Justice in Latin America,” The Lancet  385:1174-5. March 28, 2015 (early online October 16, 2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61844-4. http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(14)61844-4.pdf
Translated into Spanish and published in Medicina Social 2014, 9(3): 251-255.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, “Philanthrocapitalism, Past and Present: The Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and the Setting(s) of the International/Global Health Agenda,” Hypothesis,
2014, 12 (1): 1-27, e6, doi:10.5779/hypothesis. v10i1.229. http://www.hypothesisjournal.com/?p=2503 (excerpted by World Nutrition; and translated into Spanish at:
https://saludpublicayotrasdudas.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/filantrocapital...

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, “Backstage: The relationship between the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Health Organization, Part I: 1940s-1960s,” Public Health (Royal Society for Public Health),
2014, 128(2): 129-140. http://www.publichealthjrnl.com/article/S0033-3506(13)00396-X/pdf

Jackson, Suzanne; Birn, Anne-Emanuelle; Fawcett, Stephen; Poland, Blake; and Schultz, Jerry, “Synergy for Health Equity: Integrating Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health
Approaches in/and beyond the Americas,” Pan American Journal of Public Health/ Rev Panam Salud Pública, 2013, 34(6):473–80.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle and Fee, Elizabeth, “The Rockefeller Foundation: Setting the International Health Agenda,” The Lancet, May 11, 2013, 381:1618-1619.

Einstein, Gillian and Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, “Editors’ Introduction,” Women's Health & Urban Life, Graduate Student Issue on "Gender/Sex and Health: Contextualizing the Body,” May 2013,
12(1): xii-xviii.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, “Remaking International Health: Refreshing Perspectives from Latin America,” Pan American Journal of Public Health, 2011, 30(2): 106-10.
Published simultaneously in Spanish as: “Reconceptualización de la salud internacional: Perspectivas alentadoras desde América Latina,” Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, 2011,
30(2): 101-105.

Richardson, Emma and Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Latin America: An Analysis of Trends, Commitments and Achievements,”
Reproductive Health Matters, 2011, 19 (38): 183–196. Translated into Portuguese as: http://grupocurumim.org.br/site/revista/qsr6.pdf#page=51

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle and Necochea Raúl “Footprints on the Future: Looking Forward to Latin American Medical History in the Twenty-First Century,”  Hispanic American Historical Review,
2011, 91 (3): 503-527.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle and Lexchin, Joel, “Beyond Patents: The GAVI Alliance, AMCs, and Improving Immunization Coverage through Public Sector Vaccine Production in the Global
South,” Human Vaccines, 2011, 7(3): 291-2.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, “Small(pox) success?” Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, 2011, 16(2): 591-597.

Larson, Charles; Haddid, Slim; Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, et al., “Grand Challenges Canada: Inappropriate Emphasis and Missed Opportunities in Global Health Research?” " Canadian Journal of Public Health, 2011, 102(2): 149-151.

BOOK CHAPTERS (SINCE 2011):

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle and Richter, Judith.  “US Philanthrocapitalism and the Global Health Agenda: The Rockefeller and Gates Foundations, past and present,” in Howard Waitzkin, ed. The Collapse of Capitalist Health Care? ... and the Road Ahead, Monthly Review Press, forthcoming 2017.

Kumar, Ramya, Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, and McDonough, Peggy. “International cooperation in women’s health: Critical analysis of a quarter century of paradigm shifts,” Gideon, Jasmine, ed. Handbook on Gender and Health, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, 2016, pp. 25-44. http://www.elgaronline.com/view/9781784710859.xml

Satzinger, Franziska and Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, “Social and Societal Determinants of Health,” Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th Edition, Bruce Jennings, ed. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference, 2014, pp. 2639-2645.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle and Brown, Theodore, “Introduction: Health Comrades, Abroad and at Home,” in Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore Brown, eds., Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home, Rutgers University Press, 2013.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle and Brown, Theodore, “Introduction: Health Comrades, Abroad and at Home,” in Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore Brown, eds., Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home, Rutgers University Press, 2013.

Brown, Theodore and Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, “The Making of Health Internationalists,” in Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore Brown, eds., Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home, Rutgers University Press, 2013.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle and Brown, Theodore, “Conclusion: Across the Generations: Lessons from Health Internationalism,” in Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore Brown, eds., Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home, Rutgers University Press, 2013.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, “Uruguay's child rights approach to health:  What role for civil registration?” in Keith Breckenridge and Simon Szreter, eds., Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History, Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2012, pp. 415-447.

Pinto, Andrew D., Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, Upshur, Ross E.G., “The Context of Global Health Ethics,” in Andrew Pinto and Ross Upshur, eds.,  An Introduction to Global Health Ethics, Routledge, 2012, pp. 3-15.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, From plagues to peoples: Health on the modern global/international agenda,” in Ted Schrecker, ed., Ashgate Research Companion to the Globalization of Health, Ashgate, 2012, pp. 39-59.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle. “Addressing the Societal Determinants of Health: The key global health ethics imperative of our times,” in Global Health and Global Health Ethics, edited by Solly Benatar and Gillian Brock. Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 37-52.

Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, “Public Health and Medicine in Latin America,” in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine, Mark Jackson, ed. Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 243-265.

Affiliations: 

  • Graduate Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies (Cross-listed faculty)
  • Latin American Studies (Affiliated faculty member)
  • Mentor, Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Health
  • Fellow, Global Health Promotion Consortium
  • Associate Senior Fellow, Massey College
     

Education: 

  • B.A. in History and Science, Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • M.A. in History, First Class Honours, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Sc.D. in Health Policy/ History of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health,  Baltimore, MD, USA