Education

  • PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom, 2023
  • MSc, London School of Economics (LSE) & London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, United Kingdom
  • BA, Wesleyan University, Middletown, United States

Biography

Liana Woskie is an Assistant Professor in Tufts' Department of Community Health and joined the university after completing her PhD at the London School of Economics in 2023. She also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Brown University and works in Harvard University's Department of Global Health and Population as a Visiting Scientist with the India Health Systems Team.

Her research is contemporary and cross-national, she evaluates health system performance and the degree to which systems are held accountable to patients. Her dissertation (not yet published) provides the first quantification of a World Health Organization human rights framework on eliminating coercive female sterilization. She generates contemporary estimates of the prevalence and drivers of uninformed tubal ligation and uses quasi-experimental methods to assess health policies that effect female sterilization practice patterns. Her project: "Quantifying Structural Violence: Female Sterilization and Normalized State Repression in Healthcare," was awarded a H. F. Guggenheim Emerging Scholar Award for research on causes and manifestations of violence against women and the Horowitz Foundation Trustees' Award for most innovative approach to theory and/or methodology.

Over the past 12 years she has managed large-scale academic projects on issues related to iatrogenic harm, pandemic response, global health governance and aid accountability. She has experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research in over ten countries, including: Rwanda, China, India, Liberia and Afghanistan. Her work on comparative health financing (with Papanicolas and Jha) was named Top Article of the Decade by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), informing both congressional and senate hearings on the US' disproportionate health spending.

In 2015-16 she served as Coordinator for the Lancet Independent Panel on the Global Governance Response to Ebola. She built on this experience during COVID-19 by examining differentially curtailed population mobility and human rights during national lockdowns in India, Panama and across the European Union.