Jennifer Prah Ruger is the author of Health and Social Justice (OUP, 2009), developing a theory of justice and health, the health capability paradigm. In 2011, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete her forthcoming book, Global Health Justice and Governance (OUP, in press), which advances a theory of global health justice and governance called provincial globalism. Her framework of cooperation and health at the national level is elucidated in Shared Health Governance (forthcoming). In 2011, she received a Greenwall Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics.
Dr. Ruger has published work on the ethics of health policy and public health, including equity and efficiency of health system access, financing, resource allocation, policy reform and the social determinants of health. Her research and scholarship includes areas such as global health justice; global health governance; health and social justice; health financing and insurance and health systems. This research is conducted nationally and internationally, including work in India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, South Africa, South Korea, the United States, and Vietnam.
Dr. Ruger received a bachelor’s degree in the honors program in Political Economy from the University of California-Berkeley, master’s degrees from Oxford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Yale University, and a doctoral degree from Harvard University. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard's Center for Population and Development Studies, she served on the health and development satellite secretariat of WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland's Transition Team. She then worked as a health economist at the World Bank and later served as Speechwriter to President James D. Wolfensohn. Previously she worked as one of two non-partisan Health Policy Analysts for Massachusetts Governor William Weld’s Task Force on the Health Care Industry, Governor’s Council on Economic Growth and Technology. She co-authored the Task Force Report with policy recommendations for health financing and insurance reform in Massachusetts. She has advised national and state governments on health finance and insurance reform.
Dr. Ruger is an associate professor at Yale University at the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct faculty at the Law School. She is Senior Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and former Co-Director of the Yale-WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion, Policy and Research. She is a faculty associate of Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Dr. Ruger is currently a member of the Institute of Medicine's Board on Global Health; the Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine's Committee to Evaluate The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).