Mara Pillinger, PhD is an Associate at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, working on Global Health Policy & Politics Initiative. She completed a Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations) from George Washington University. She also holds an MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; an MSc in Global Governance & Diplomacy (with Distinction) from Oxford University, where she was a Clarendon Scholar; and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mara’s past research focuses on the political, organizational, and power dynamics at work behind the scenes of the World Health Organization and major multisectoral global health partnerships. Her dissertation explores the causes and consequences of repeated rounds of organizational and government reform in multisectoral partnerships. Other areas of focus include international law, health emergencies and the IHR, polio, and malaria. Her work has been published in Perspectives on Politics, Global Health Governance, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.
Prior to her Ph.D., Mara worked in the HIV Testing Unit at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the WHO Buruli Ulcer Initiative. She was also a Robert Bosch Foundation Global Governance Futures fellow, a Researcher in Residence at the Brocher Foundation, and a Junior Visiting Fellow, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute, Geneva.