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Dr. Jeremy Shiffman is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University and was a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. A political scientist by training, he researches the politics of health policy and administration in poor countries. He has a particular interest in health agenda-setting: why some issues receive priority while others are neglected. Among other topics, he has investigated maternal survival, newborn survival, family planning, donor funding for health and health systems reform. His research has been funded by the Gates, MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundations, among other organizations. His work has appeared in multiple journals, including The Lancet, The American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and The Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Previously he was on the faculty of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where he received four teaching awards. Prior to working in academia he served as an executive with the international public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, and as a social worker, working with Vietnamese boat people. He received a BA summa cum laude from Yale University in philosophy, an MA from Johns Hopkins University in international relations, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in political science.

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