Thu. Feb 2nd, 2023

Jeremy Youde, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Minnesota Duluth, is an expert on the policy response to pandemics and is available to talk about global health policy.


Viruses don’t care about borders, viruses don’t care about our economy. Many viruses are like a forest fire. Governments have to respond to health issues that cross borders.

It’s difficult to get cooperation in the best of circumstances when we’re talking about economic policy and trade relationships. But when we are talking about health, it can become that much more complicated. 

We are going to have to adjust policies because the situation is changing. We aren’t in control when there is something out there that’s doing its own thing.

In my own work, I look at what happens at the national level, the government level, the international level, and with the World Health Organization. Disputes arise about sharing resources…. Decisions about health oftentimes will reflect broader political, societal, and economic situations. That happens on the international scale, but it also happens within countries. 

In the United States, because we are such a decentralized system, we see different policies for different states… and we see how each policy has consequences for the eventual outcomes.

The need for a global body that can coordinate international responses to health threats has never been greater.


(Partial List)

“The Monkeypox Outbreak and the WHO’s Existential Crisis”: Think Global Health, Author: Jeremy Youde. August 10, 2022.

The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics. Author: Colin McInnes (Editor), Kelley Lee (Editor), Jeremy Youde (Editor). Jan 2020

Globalization and Healthitics. Author: Jeremy Youde. Jul 2019

The Politics of Surveillance and Response to Disease Outbreaks. Author: Sare E. Davies (Editor), Jeremy R. Youde (Editor), Sara E. Davies. Feb 2015

Routledge Handbook of Global Health Security. Author: Simon Rushton, Jeremy Youde. Sept 2014

Global Health Governance. Author: Jeremy Youde. May 2012

AIDS, South Africa, and the Politics of Knowledge (Global Health). Author: Jeremy R. Youde. Aug 2007

About Jeremy Youde

Jeremy Youde

Youde joined the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences as Dean in July 2019.

An internationally-recognized expert on global health politics, Youde is the author of five books, co-editor of three volumes, and the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has also written for outlets like World Politics Review and Duck of Minerva, and he has appeared in Slate, Vox, Nature, ABC Radio National, Science, Sky News, and Gizmodo. He is a member of the editorial board of Global Health Governance and is the past chair (2016 – 2021) of the Global Health Section of the International Studies Association.


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