Current Research Projects
Like many researchers in global health security, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected my ongoing research agenda. The agenda is certainly different from what I had set out to do prior to the pandemic! Thus, my current research has a mixture of projects that I’m working on that involved broader global health security issues and the newer problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. My current projects include the following.
Leaders and Global Health Security: This book examines the role that individual leader decision making before and during pandemics through a global health security lens. The central argument of the book is that leaders improperly assess risks and threats from global health problems, leading to stunning miscalculations that result in the substantial loss of human life, and resources. Drawing upon cases including HIV/AIDS, Ebola, COVID-19, Antimicrobial Resistance, and Climate Change, the book draws upon archival resources and declassified government documents to demonstrate the central role of risk and threat miscalculations in the management of these previous, current, and forthcoming crises.
I also have several research projects with colleagues that address additional aspects of global health security and politics. These projects include research on (1) human rights and the COVID-19 pandemic, (2) state leaders and misinformation about COVID-19, and (3) Global Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Antimicrobial Resistance and the COVID-19 Pandemic, and (4) population satisfaction with government responses to COVID-19
Additionally, I am a member of Environmental Cardiovascular Collaborative (EnCC) research group, which includes a multi-institutional, cross-disciplinary collaboration of researchers with expertise in cardiology, environmental health, epidemiology, and political science and public policy. The group’s objective is to explore and to increase basic and applied scientific knowledge regarding the intersection of cardiovascular medicine and climate change.