Meredeth Turshen

Meredeth Turshen, D. Phil
B.A., Oberlin College, Ohio; M.A., New York University; D. Phil., University of Sussex, England


Contact Information

Civic Square Building, room 552

Phone (848) 932-2386

Fax (732) 932-6564




Research Interests

  • International health and policy issues
  • The impact of war on women
  • Women's health



  • Social Policy in Developing Nations
  • War and Public Health
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Gender and International Development


Publications and Activities

  • Political and social violence: health effects. 2011. In Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, edited by J.O. Nriagu, volume 4, pp. 623–630. Burlington: Elsevier. With Dona Schneider
  • “Is the era of electronuclear power drawing to a close?” Review of Nuclear Servitude: Subcontracting and Health in the French Civil Nuclear Industry by Annie Thébaud-Mony. Journal of Public Health Policy, 2011
  • "Reproducing labor: colonial government regulation of African women's reproductive lives" in The demographics of empire: The colonial order and the creation of knowledge, edited by Karl Ittmann, Dennis Cordell & Greg Maddox, Ohio University Press, 2010, pp 217-144
  •  “The political economy of women in Africa” in African Women: A political economy, edited by M. Turshen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
  •  “What has happened in Africa since Cairo?” In Markets and Malthus: Population, Gender and Health in Neo-liberal Times, edited by Mohan Rao and Sarah Sexton. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2010.
  • “Preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex: What options for Nigerian women?” Journal of Public Health Policy 2010, 31(3):295–297
  • M. Turshen, ed. African Women: A Political Economy. Palgrave Macmillan, October 2010.
  • "Child Poverty: the Gender Dimension" in Child Poverty: African and International Perspectives, edited by J.E. Doek, A.K. Shiva Kumar, D. Mugawe, and S. Tsegaye. Antwerp: Intersentia, 2009.
  • "The Political Economy of Violence against Women during Armed Conflict in Uganda." reprinted in Cultures of Fear: A Critical Reader, edited by Uli Linke and Danielle Smith, Pluto Press, London, 2009.
  • "Algerian Adolescents Caught in the Crossfire." In Violence and gender in the globalized world: the intimate and the extimate, edited by V.G. Julie Rajan and Sanja Bahun-Radunovic, pp.75-90. Aldershot (UK): Ashgate, 2008.
  • "Child Poverty in Africa: Report of a Conference" Review of African Political Economy, 117, September 2008.
  • Women’s Health Movements: A Global Force for Change, by M. Turshen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, October 2007.
  • “The Impact of Civil War on Women and Children” in Security, Reconstruction and Reconciliation: When the Wars End, edited by Muna Ndulo, 85-96. London” University College London Press, 2006.
  • The European Commission Considers Gender and SecurityReview of African Political Economy 2006, 108:358-367.
  • The Aftermath: Women in Post-conflict Transformation, edited by S. Meintjes, A. Pillay and M. Turshen. London: Zed Books, 2002
  • M. Turshen, ed. African Women's Health. Princeton: Africa World Press, 2000
  • M. Turshen. Privatizing Health Services in Africa. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1999
  • M. Turshen & C. Twagiramariya, eds. What Women do in Wartime: Gender and Conflict in Africa. London: Zed Books, 1998
  • “Contested Claims and Individual Bodies” in Contested Terrains and Constructed Categories: Contemporary Africa in Focus, edited by G. C. Bond and N. Gibson, 365-378. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2002
  • “The Political Economy of Rape: An Analysis of Systematic Rape and Sexual Abuse of Women during Armed Conflict in Africa” in Victors, Perpetrators or Actors: Gender, Armed Conflict and Political Violence, edited by C. Moser and F. Clarke, 55-68. London: Zed Books, 2001



Meredeth Turshen is a Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Her research interests include international health and she specializes in public health policy. She has written four books, The Political Ecology of Disease in Tanzania (1984), The Politics of Public Health (1989), and Privatizing Health Services in Africa (1999), all published by Rutgers University Press, and Women's Health Movements: A Global Force for Change (2007) published by Palgrave Macmillan; she has edited six other books, Women and Health in Africa (Africa World Press, 1991), Women's Lives and Public Policy: The International Experience (Greenwood, 1993), What Women Do in Wartime: Gender and Conflict in Africa (Zed Books, 1998), which was translated into French (L'Harmattan, 2001), African Women's Health (Africa World Press, 2000) , The Aftermath: Women in Postconflict Transformation (Zed Books, 2002), and African Women: A political economy  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She has served on the boards of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars,  the Committee for Health in Southern Africa, and  the Review of African Political Economy, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Policy.


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