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Catherine Z. Worsnop

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Catherine Worsnop is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland-College Park and a research associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). Her research focuses on global governance and, specifically, on the role of international organizations in global health security. Current projects examine international cooperation during global health emergencies and state compliance with the World Health Organization's International Health Regulations. Work on these topics has been published or is forthcoming in International Studies Review, The Review of International Organizations, International Studies Perspectives, Globalization and Health, Global Health Governance, Health Security, BMJ Global Health, and The Lancet. Other ongoing projects address international cooperation around human trafficking, armed groups in public health, and US health security preparedness.

Worsnop is a Co-PI on the Pandemics & Borders project, which examines trade and travel restrictions during COVID-19 and other outbreaks and is funded by the Government of Canada's New Frontiers in Research Fund. She is also the chair of the International Studies Association Global Health Studies Section and has served on expert committees for the World Health Organization.

Worsnop holds a PhD in Politics from Brandeis University and a BA in government from Colby College. Before joining UMD, she was an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at Worcester State University. Previously, she worked with the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care (now the Leadership Consortium for a Value & Science-Driven Health System) at the National Academies.

Areas of Interest
  • Global governance; international relations; international organizations; security studies; global health
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