About This Site
Think Global Health is a multi-contributor website that examines the ways in which changes in health are reshaping economies, societies, and the everyday lives of people around the globe. The articles on this website will consider the ways that health influences and interacts with broader social, economic, and demographic trends, ranging from the global growth of cities and the migration of people, to the effects of climate change and worldwide trends in agriculture, to the expansion of international supply chains and the empowerment of women and girls.
The mission of Think Global Health is to provide a compelling forum for exploring where and why global health matters and to engage readers in the debates and efforts to improve health worldwide. In taking this approach, this website will advance understanding of global health as an investment in societies and economies, not only as a form of humanitarian or emergency relief.
Think Global Health is an initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations in collaboration with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Think Global Health was made possible by a generous grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
All statements and views expressed on this website are solely those of the individual author(s) and are not necessarily shared by his/her/their institutions. The Council on Foreign Relations takes no institutional positions on policy issues and has no affiliation with the U.S. government.
Who Can Write for Think Global Health?
Think Global Health welcomes outside submissions that provide compelling and timely analysis and sound knowledge that improves the understanding of global health and its evolving role in the world. The current focus areas for the site are: urbanization, climate and the environment, trade, migration, governance, poverty, food policy, aging, migration, and gender. We are committed to cultivating and publishing contributions from people from historically underrepresented groups, from contributors in low- and middle-income countries, and on topics in global health that have been neglected in the past.
Thomas J. Bollyky is director of the Global Health program and senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. Bollyky is also the author of the book Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways. Prior to coming to CFR, he was a fellow at the Center for Global Development and has served in a variety roles in the U.S. government, including mostly recently at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Bollyky was a Fulbright scholar to South Africa, where he worked as a staff attorney at the AIDS Law Project, and at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he represented clients before the International Court of Justice and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a temporary legal advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO). Bollyky has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate and his work has appeared in many publications, including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Science, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Bollyky received his BA in biology and history at Columbia University and his JD at Stanford Law School. In 2013, the World Economic Forum named Bollyky as one of its global leaders under forty.
Deputy Managing Editor
Jason Socrates Bardi is the Deputy Managing Editor of Think Global Health and works in the David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Prior to CFR, he was news director at the American Institute of Physics. Prior to that he was a senior writer and press officer at the University of California, San Francisco, where he specialized in global health, HIV/AIDS, neurology and neurosurgery, cancer, and diabetes. He also served as a senior writer at The Scripps Research Institute, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he served briefly as the chief writer for the Division of AIDS. Bardi graduated from the University of Hartford with BA’s in English and mathematics and a BS in physics. He attended graduate school at Johns Hopkins University on an NIH fellowship, where he received an MA in molecular biophysics and an MA from the Writing Seminars program. He is the author of two books, The Calculus Wars and The Fifth Postulate.
Katherine Leach-Kemon is a Policy Translation Manager at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In this role, Katherine works to bridge the gap between academic research and policy. To this end, she fosters collaboration with organizations worldwide, designs communication strategies to engage decision-makers and policy influencers, and oversees the production of reports, infographics, and policy briefs. Her work has been published in The Lancet, Health Affairs, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Humanosphere. She earned a MPH at the University of Washington and a BA in history from the College of William & Mary, and previously worked as a Post-Graduate Fellow at IHME studying foreign assistance for health.