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Yusra Shawar

Public Administration

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. The first chapter of her dissertation was recently published in the Lancet Global Health. She is currently co-principal investigator of a study funded by USAID, examining the place of learning on the global education agenda. Previously, she served as consultant to UNICEF and Save the Children, where she directed research projects concerning the political prioritization of early childhood development and urban health on global agendas. In addition, she has 5+ years of experience as a policy analyst, managing various health policy and program evaluations in the private sector. 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 presents her research at multiple annual professional conferences, including the International Studies Association, 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

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English, Arabic
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