researcher and activist on global health, policy, human rights
Matthew Kavanagh is a health policy and human rights researcher and an activist. He is a fellow in politics and at the Leonard Davis Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior policy analyst at the Health Global Access Project. His research has appeared in political science, economics, and public health journals and his policy work in the U.S. and working in Southern Africa has focused on access to HIV treatment, international trade, financial industry regulation, and water rights. He has drafted legislation that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives; presented before the U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health, members of the House Ways and Means Committee, and the U.S. Trade Representative; and led a successful campaign to secure HIV treatment for over two million people.