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Anne-Emanuelle Birn

Professor of Critical Development Studies & Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, University of Toronto

Anne-Emanuelle Birn is Professor of Critical Development Studies and Public/Global Health at the University of Toronto Her research explores the history, politics, and political economy of international/global health, focusing on Latin American health and social justice movements, child health, and philanthrocapitalism. Previously she was a professor at the New School in New York City and has worked at the Pan American Health Organization, for the governments of Cataluña and the city of Baltimore, and has been a visiting professor in Montevideo, Paris, and at WHO.

Professor Birn has published widely in Latin American, African, Asian, North American, and European journals and presses. Her books include: Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico (2006); Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home (2013); Oxford’s Textbook of Global Health (2009; 2017); and Peripheral Nerve: Health and Medicine in Cold War Latin America (2020). A former Canada Research Chair in International Health, she has been recognized among the top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health, the List of Canadian Women in Global Health, and she sits on the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, based at the University of Oslo.


  • –present
    professeure de santé globale, et d'études critiques du developpement, University of Toronto


  • 1993 
    Johns Hopkins, Santé publique