Meredeth Turshen is a Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Her research interests include women and war, international health, women’s health and public health policy, and she specializes in African affairs. She has written five 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, Women’s health movements: a global force for change (2007) published by Palgrave Macmillan, and Gender and the political economy of conflict in Africa: the persistence of violence (2016) published by Routledge; 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 as Ce que font les femmes en temps de guerre : genre et conflit en Afrique (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 Board of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars, as Treasurer of the Committee for Health in Southern Africa, as contributing editor of the Review of African Political Economy, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Policy.

Meredeth Turshen is also a life-long painter who exhibits widely in the New York metropolitan area. Her work can be seen at and
DPhil. University of Sussex, 1975
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Research interests include women and war, international health, women’s health, public health policy, and African affairs.
Personal Interests
African art, classical and contemporary