Turshen, Meredeth

Professorturshen

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Office: Civic Square Building, room 552

Webpage: http://www.meredethturshen.com/

Education

D.Phil., University of Sussex, England, 1975. Comparative Politics. Dissertation: "The Political Economy of Health with a Case Study of Tanzania." Supervisors: R. Benewick, B. Graham, J. Powles, G. Lamb

M.A., New York University, 1961. Political Science. Thesis: "Japan, 1931. A Study of the Manchurian Crisis." Advisor: Thomas Hovet

B.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1959. Philosophy. Junior year at the University of London with Richard Wollheim and A. J. Ayer

Research Interests

International health and policy issues; the impact of war on women; women's health.

Biographical Notes

Professor Turshen is a Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Her research interests include international health, particularly African women's health, and she specializes in public health policy. A second interest is in the impact of war on women. She has written four 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, and Women's Health Movements: A Global Force for Change (2007) published by Palgrave Macmillan. She has also 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 (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 (PalgraveMacmillan 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 she is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Policy. She has lectured widely in the US and abroad and is available as a speaker on international health policy, women's health in Africa, and the impact of war on women.

Awards, Fellowships, Grants

  • Fulbright Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice, University of Ottawa, Fall 2011
  • Jerome Rose Teaching Award, Rutgers University, 2009Leadership in Diversity Award, Rutgers University, 2007
  • Vermont Studio Center Grant and Residency, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Blue Mountain Center Fellowship, 2003
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation award, 2001
  • Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture Faculty Fellowship, 1995-96
  • Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad: Continuity and Change in Morocco and Tunisia, 1993
  • Hirsch Farm Project, Residency, Hillsboro, Wisconsin, July 1992
  • Rutgers University Faculty Merit Award 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), Paris, Fellow 1989 90
  • Rutgers University Faculty Academic Study Program Award: Fall 1985, Fall 1989, Spring 1994, Fall 1997, Spring 2001, Fall 2004, Spring 2008
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Residency, 1987
  • NJIT Alumni Association Authors Citation for The Political Ecology of Disease in Tanzania awarded at 18th Annual NJ Writers Conference 1985
  • National Science Foundation, Residency, 1977 78
  • The Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC, Fellow 1976 77
  • The Population Council, Fellowship, 1972 73

Selected Publications

Books:

  • Women's Health Movements: A Global Force for Change, by M. Turshen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, October 2007
  • The Aftermath: Women in Post-conflict Transformation, edited by S. Meintjes, A. Pillay and M. Turshen. London: Zed Books, 2002
  • Ce que font les femmes en temps de guerre : genre et conflit en Afrique, collection dirigée par M. Turshen et C. Twagiramariya, (translated by L. Arcal) Paris: L’Harmattan, 2001
  • African Women’s Health. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000 (edited by M. Turshen)
  • Privatizing Health Services in Africa. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1999
  • What Women Do in Wartime: Gender and Conflict in Africa. London: Zed Books, 1998 (edited with C. Twagiramariya)
  • Women's Lives and Public Policy: The International Experience. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993 (edited with B. Holcomb)
  • Women and Health in Africa. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1991 (edited by M. Turshen)
  • The Politics of Public Health. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989. UK edition: Zed Books, London, 1989
  • The Political Ecology of Disease in Tanzania. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1984. (Chapter one reprinted in Brown, P. J. ed., Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology. Mayfield Publishing Company, 1999)

Book Chapters:

  • "Food insecurity: The impact on African women and children" in Gendered Insecurities, Health and African Development, edited by Howard Stein and Amal Fadlalla, London: Routledge, 2012
  • "Political and social violence: health effects". 2011. In Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, edited by J.O. Nriagu, volume 4, pp. 623–630. Burlington: Elsevier. With Dona Schneider
  • "Reproducing labor: colonial government regulation of African women's reproductive lives" in The demographics of empire: The colonial order and the creation of knowledge, edited by Karl Ittmann, Dennis Cordell & Greg Maddox, Ohio University Press, 2010, pp 217-144
  • "The political economy of women in Africa" in African Women: A political economy, edited by M. Turshen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
  • "What has happened in Africa since Cairo?" In Markets and Malthus: Population, Gender and Health in Neo-liberal Times, edited by Mohan Rao and Sarah Sexton. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2010.
  • "Child Poverty: the Gender Dimension" in Child Poverty: African and International Perspectives, edited by J.E. Doek, A.K. Shiva Kumar, D. Mugawe, and S. Tsegaye. Antwerp: Intersentia, 2009.
  • “The Political Economy of Violence against Women during Armed Conflict in Uganda.” reprinted in Cultures of Fear: A Critical Reader, edited by Uli Linke and Danielle Smith, Pluto Press, London, 2009.
  • “Algerian Adolescents Caught in the Crossfire.” In Violence and gender in the globalized world: the intimate and the extimate, edited by V.G. Julie Rajan and Sanja Bahun-Radunovic, pp.75-90. Aldershot (UK): Ashgate, 2008
  • "The Impact of Civil War on Women and Children" in Security, Reconstruction and Reconciliation: When the Wars End, edited by Muna Ndulo, 85-96. London" University College London Press, 2006
  • "Definition and Injuries of Violence" in Interventions: Activists and Academics Respond to Violence, edited by E.A. Castelli and J.R. Jakobsen, 29-35. New York: Palgrave, 2004
  • "Contested Claims and Individual Bodies" in Contested Terrains and Constructed Categories: Contemporary Africa in Focus, edited by G. C. Bond and N. Gibson, 365-378. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2002
  • "Engendering Relations of States to Societies in the Aftermath" in The Aftermath: Women in Post-conflict Transformation, edited by S. Meintjes, A. Pillay and M. Turshen, 78-96. London: Zed Books, 2002
  • "The Political Economy of Rape: An Analysis of Systematic Rape and Sexual Abuse of Women during Armed Conflict in Africa" in Victors, Perpetrators or Actors: Gender, Armed Conflict and Political Violence edited by C. Moser and F. Clarke, 55-68. London: Zed Books, 2001
  • "Women's Mental Health." In African Women's Health edited by M. Turshen, 83-106. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2000
  • "Even Strong Backs Need Support: Introductory Notes." In African Women's Health edited by M. Turshen, ix-xxv. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2000
  • "The Ecological Crisis in Tanzania" In Dangerous Intersections: Feminist Perspectives on Population, Environment, and Development", edited by Jael Silliman and Ynestra King, 89-107. Boston: South End Press/ London: Zed Books, 1999
  • "Women's War Stories" in What Women Do in Wartime: Gender and Conflict in Africa. London: Zed Books, 1998 (edited with C. Twagiramariya), 1-26
  • "Rationalizing Health Care Provision in Zimbabwe: The Role of the Public Sector in Treating the Malaise of Inefficiency." In Development at a Crossroads: Uncertain Paths to Sustainability after the Neo-Liberal Revolution edited by M. R. Carter, J. Cason, and F. Zimmerman, 105-128. Madison: University of Wisconsin Global Studies Program. 1998
  • "The Political Ecology of AIDS in Africa." In The Political Economy of AIDS edited by M. Singer, 167-182. Amityville, NY: Baywood, 1997
  • "US Aid to AIDS in Africa". In AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean edited by G. C. Bond, J. Kreniske, I. S. Susser, and J. Vincent, 181-188. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997
  • "African Women and Health Issues." In African Women South of the Sahara edited by M. J. Hay and S. Stichter, 239-249. London: Longman, 1995. Second edition
  • "The Impact of Economic Reform on Women's Health and Health Care in Sub-Saharan Africa." In Women in the Age of Economic Transformation: Gender Impact of Reforms in Post-socialist and Developing Countries edited by N. Aslanbeigui, S. Pressman, and G. Summerfield, 77-94. London: Routledge, 1994
  • "Prescription de contraception aux femmes immigrées en France" (with H. Bretin and A. Thébaud Mony). In Population, reproduction, sociétés: perspectives et enjeux de démographie sociale edited by D. D. Cordell et al., 217-234. Montréal: Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 1993
  • "Migration, Public Policy and Women's Experience" (with H. Bretin and A. Thébaud Mony). In Women's Lives and Public Policy: The International Experience edited by M. Turshen and B. Holcomb, 83-96. Greenwood Press, 1993
  • "Taking Women Seriously: Toward Democratic Health Care in Africa." In Women and Health in Africa, edited by M. Turshen, 205-220. Africa World Press, 1991
  • "Gender and Health in Africa." In Women and Health in Africa, edited by M. Turshen, 107-123. Africa World Press, 1991
  • "Introduction." In Women and Health in Africa, edited by M. Turshen, 1-14. Africa World Press, 1991
  • "Is AIDS Primarily a Sexually Transmitted Disease?" In Santé publique et maladies à transmission sexuelle, edited by N. Job Spira, B. Spencer, J. P. Moati, and E. Bouvet, 345 349. Paris: John Libbey Eurotext, 1990
  • "The Struggle for Health." In The Imperiled Economy edited by W. James, et al., volume 2, "Through the Safety Net," 209 216. NY: Union for Radical Political Economics, 1988
  • "Population Growth and the Deterioration of Health: Mainland Tanzania, 1920 1960." In African Population and Capitalism: Historical Studies edited by D. D. Cordell and J. W. Gregory, 187 200. Boulder: Westview Press, 1987; republished Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1994.
  • "Food and Hunger in Ciskei." In World Recession and the Food Crisis in Africa edited by Peter Lawrence, 275 282. London: James Currey, 1986
  • "The Study of Women, Food, and Health in Africa." In Third World Medicine and Social Change: A Reader in Social Science and Medicine edited by John H. Morgan, 241 251. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1983
  • "Health" and "Hunger" In Reading Lists in Radical Social Science edited by M. Maier & D. Gilroys, 173 179. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1982
  • "Psychological Aspects of Contraception." In Society, Stress and Disease edited by L. Levi. London: Oxford University Press, 1978(3):116 125 (With Lars Engstrom)
  • "Maternal and Child Health Around the World." In MCH Practice edited by H. M. Wallace et al., 1301 1324. Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas, 1973 (with Franz Rosa)

Journal Articles:

  • "Preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex: What options for Nigerian women?" Journal of Public Health Policy 2010, 31(3):295–297
  • "Child Poverty in Africa: Report of a Conference" Review of African Political Economy, 117, September 2008
  • What has happened in Africa since Cairo?” Indian Journal of Gender Studies 2007, 14(3):387-408
  • "The European Commission Considers Gender and Security” Review of African Political Economy 2006, 108:358-367
  • "Militarism and Islamism in AlgeriaJournal of Asian and African Studies special issue on Africa and Globalization: Critical perspectives, 2004, 25(3/4): 458-459.
  • "The Politics of Oil in AfricaThe Scholar & Feminist Online, 2.2 winter 2004; http://www.barnard.edu/sfonline
  • "Algerian Women in the Liberation Struggle and the Civil War: From Active Participants to Passive Victims?” Social Research 2002, 69(3):889-911
  • "Introduction to the African Oil Development Debates” Bulletin of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars 64 Winter 2002/2003 (reprinted in Review of African Political Economy 2003, 96) http://www.concernedafricascholars.org/publications.php
  • "Introduction: It’s about Oil” Bulletin of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars 60/61 Fall 2001 (reprinted in Review of African Political Economy 2002, 91:151-153) http://www.concernedafricascholars.org/publications.php
  • "Algerian Oil & Gas” Bulletin of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars 60/61 Fall 2001 (reprinted in Review of African Political Economy 2002, 91:184-186); http://www.concernedafricascholars.org/publications.php
  • "Algeria: Contested and Embattled” Bulletin of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars 60/61 Fall 2001 (reprinted in Review of African Political Economy 2002, 91:198-200) http://www.concernedafricascholars.org/publications.php
  • "Reprivatizing Pharmaceutical Supplies in Africa” Journal of Public Health Policy 2001, 22(2):207-234
  • "The Political Economy of Violence against Women during Armed Conflict in UgandaSocial Research 2000, 67(3):805-824
  • "Access to Drugs: A Universal Issue” Bulletin of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars No. 59 Winter 2000:20-23 http://www.concernedafricascholars.org/publications.php
  • "Africa: Women in the Aftermath of Civil WarRace & Class 2000:41(4):81-92 (with Ousseina Alidou)
  • "Unhealthy Paradox: A Nation of Immigrants Debates Harsh New Controls on Immigration” Current Issues in Public Health 1996, 2:61-67.
  • "Discontinuance and acceptability of the pill, the IUD and injectable contraceptives: a prospective study in a département of Ile-de-France." (with H. Bretin et al.) European Journal of Public Health 1993, 3(4):242-248
  • "The Impact of Sexism on Women's Health and Health Care." Journal of Public Health Policy, Summer 1993, 164-173
  • "USAID assistance to AIDS in Africa." Review of African Political Economy 1992, 45:102-108
  • "Contraceptive Prescribing Practices of Family Planning Centers in Ile-de-France." (with H. Bretin et al.) European Journal of Public Health 1991, 1:79-85
  • "Combattre le SIDA au nom de la "civilisation"? (with A. Thébaud Mony). Le Monde Diplomatique avril 1991:24
  • "Traffic in Toxic Wastes." New Solutions 1991, 1(3):17 18
  • "Editorial: The African Environment." Review of African Political Economy 1988, 42:1 4 (with C. Barker and P. O'Keefe)
  • "Update on Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto." Review of African Political Economy 1988, 42: 81 82
  • "Health and Human Rights in a South African Bantustan" Social Science & Medicine 1986, 22(9):887 892
  • "Workers' Health in Africa." Review of African Political Economy 1986, no. 36, 24 29
  • "Editorial: The Health Issue." Review of African Political Economy 1986, 36:1 6 (with C. Barker)
  • "AIDS in Africa." Review of African Political Economy 1986, no. 36, 51 54 (with C. Barker)
  • "Primary Health Care or Selective Strategies." Review of African Political Economy 1986, 36:78-85 (with C. Barker)
  • "Medical Aid to Ethiopia, 1950 1970." Northeast African Studies 1985, 7(1):49 61
  • "ROAPE Conference on World Recession and the Crisis in Africa." Review of African Political Economy 1985, 32:101 104
  • "The Study of Women, Food and Health in Africa." Socialist Health Review (New Delhi) 1984, (1)2:82-87
  • "International Medical Aid." Monthly Review December 1981:39 50 (With A. Thébaud)
  • "Vers la médicalisation du sous développement?" Le Monde Diplomatique avril 1981:16 (With A. Thébaud Mony)
  • "Women and Health in China." Antipode 1978, 10(1):51 63
  • "The Political Ecology of Disease." Review of Radical Political Economics 1977, 9(1):45 60
  • "The Impact of Colonialism on Health and Health Services in Tanzania." International Journal of Health services 1977, 7(1):7 35
  • "The Study of Studies." Kapitalistate 1977, 6:163 190 (With Capitol Kapitalistate Collective)
  • "Typology and Class Struggle." Kapitalistate 1977, 6:209 215 (With Capitol Kapitalistate Collective)
  • "Disaster in Plastic: The Vinyl Chloride Coverup." Health/PAC Bulletin July/August 1976:1 16
  • "An Analysis of the Medical Supply Industries." International Journal of Health Services 1976, 6(2):271 294
  • "Fetal Nutrition." WHO Bulletin 1970, 43(6):785 95 (With F. Rosa)

Courses Offered

  • Social Policy in Developing Nations
  • War and Public Health
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Gender and International Development
  • Women & Health
  • Health and Human Rights

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