Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA

Sofia Gruskin, J.D., MIA
Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights
Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine,  Keck School of Medicine of USCGould School of Law
Location: SSB 318J
Telephone: (323) 442-0826


Sofia Gruskin directs the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health. Professor Gruskin holds an appointment as Professor of Preventive Medicine and serves as Division Chief for the Policy and Global Health Division in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Keck School of Medicine. Professor Gruskin also holds appointments as  Professor of Law and Preventive Medicine at the Gould School of Law, and as an affiliate faculty member with the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE) and the Spacial Sciences Institute both at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Executive Board of the USC Academic Senate.

She leads the USC Law & Global Health Collaboration alongside USC Professors Alexander Capron and Charlie Kaplan from Gould School of Law and Peck School of Social Work, respectively.

A pioneer in global health and human rights, Professor Gruskin’s work, which ranges from global policy to the grassroots level, has been instrumental in developing the conceptual, methodological and empirical links between health and human rights, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health, gender-based violence, non-communicable disease, and health systems. Current partners include the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), IPAS, Open Society Foundation, and local organizations and universities in Brazil, India and Vietnam.

Professor Gruskin sits on numerous boards and committees including the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board and the Technical Advisory Group for the Expert Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents jointly initiated by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the World Health Organization (WHO). She is Co-Coordinator of the Rights-Oriented Research and Education Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health (The RORE Network), an international network of sexual and reproductive health and rights researchers and advocates.

In recent years Professor Gruskin served on the Board of Directors for the Guttmacher Institute, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee for the Outcome and Impact Evaluation of Global HIV/AIDS Programs Implemented Under the Lantos/Hyde Act of 2008 (PEPFAR), the Technical Advisory Group of the UN Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and human rights. Professor Gruskin was with Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health for many years where she served as Adjunct Professor of Global Health; Director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights and Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population; and Co-Director of the Inter-departmental Program on Women, Gender and Health.

Professor Gruskin has published extensively and serves on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Public HealthGlobal Public HealthReproductive Health Matters and Revue Tiers Monde.