Yusra Shawar, MPH is an advanced doctoral candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research concerns global governance, political agenda-setting, and health policy. Her dissertation explores the role that knowledge-based communities—known as epistemic communities—play in agenda-setting processes, both at the global and national levels. She was recently a consultant for Save the Children where she led a research project on generating political priority for urban health on the development agenda. Previously, she served as a policy analyst for the Altarum Institute, where she managed several program evaluations and research projects. She also led a research project in collaboration with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), where she studied access to mental health services among youth refugee populations in Jordan and the West Bank. She is also the co-founder of MyHealthMentor, Inc., a non-profit organization that is working to connect mentors and mentees experiencing the same health challenge in a user-friendly, confidential online format. She presents her research at multiple annual professional conferences, including the American Public Health Association, the American Political Science Association, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Her research has also been presented at a meeting for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. She received her bachelor’s degree in international relations and neuroscience and master’s degree in public health from the University of Virginia.
BA, University of Virginia
MPH, University of Virginia