Jennifer Prah Ruger

Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, MSc, MA, MSL

jenpr@upenn.edu
  • Titles:
  • Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy, School of Social Policy and Practice
  • Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • Education:
  • Harvard University, PhD, Health Policy
  • Yale University, MSL, Law
  • Oxford University, MSc, Comparative Social Research
  • Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA, International Relations
  • University of California-Berkeley, AB, Political Economy

Jennifer Prah Ruger is the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy in the School of Social Policy and Practics (SP2) at the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as SP2’s inaugural Associate Dean for Global Studies and Faculty Chair at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP). The Faculty Chair will work with other SP2 Faculty Fellows to help increase synergies between CHIP and the School. She is a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Her educational background includes a Master of Studies in Law from Yale University, a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University, and a Master of Science in Comparative Social Research from Oxford University.

Ruger is an internationally recognized leader in global and domestic health equity – she works at the intersection of economics, ethics, policy and health, producing findings unavailable from the application of only one discipline. As well, Ruger’s national and global research has influenced global and domestic policy, she conducts collaborative research around the globe, including in Ghana, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, South Korea, South Africa, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia.

She was speechwriter to the President of the World Bank, served on the health and development satellite secretariat of the WHO Director General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland’s Transition Team, was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Global Health and was recently reappointed to another term by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann to Chair the University’s Social Responsibility Advisory Committee.

Ruger has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Greenwall Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics, Donaghue Investigator Award, NIH Career Development Award, Labelle Lectureship and Mark DeWolfe Howe Research Award at Harvard University.  She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

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