Judyth Twigg

Director, Eurasia Health Project and Senior Associate (Non-resident), Russia and Eurasia Program

Judyth Twigg is professor and former interim director at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is also currently serving as a senior associate (nonresident) with the Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS, senior adviser to the Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council, and consultant to the World Bank and U.S. federal government. She has also been an adjunct associate professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University. Her work focuses on issues of health, demographic change, and health systems reform in Russia, as well as evaluations of health reform and communicable disease control projects across the former Soviet Union, sub-Saharan Africa, and other parts of the world. She chaired the Public Health Working Group of the Civil Society Summit that took place during the Obama-Medvedev presidential summit in Moscow in July 2009. She has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Congress and has been a member of several congressional and other U.S. government advisory groups on Russian affairs. She was a member of the 2005 Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S.-Russia relations and one of 12 recipients of the 2005 State Council on Higher Education in Virginia’s Distinguished Faculty Award. She is the faculty liaison for VCU’s ongoing partnerships with Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University in Russia. Twigg’s most recent book, HIV/AIDS in Russia and Eurasia, a two-volume edited set, was published by Palgrave/Macmillan, and she is currently working on a project comparing health systems reform in Russia, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Georgia. She holds a B.S. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.A. in political science and Soviet studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in political science and security studies from MIT.