Justine McGowan

Senior Research Lead, USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Location: Soto (SSB) 315-03
Email: Justine.McGowan@med.usc.edu

Justine’s work primarily focuses on the areas of health governance and humanitarian settings. Prior to joining USC, she led a range of qualitative studies, including assessing the healthcare landscape in Syria for Physicians for Human Rights and the European Union. She has also conducted program evaluations and supported operations, grants, and monitoring and evaluation efforts for USAID and other large scale funders  in Libya, Afghanistan and Syria. She spent a decade living and working in the Middle East and North Africa, and for many years has supported research and programs in the region. Most recently, Justine was the deputy country director of International Medical Corps’ health and protection programming in Lebanon, and a senior innovation advisor for CARE USA, overseeing a project in Jordan and Palestine. Justine started her career as a caseworker for refugee and asylee survivors of torture and sexual violence in Syria, and later in Jersey City. 

Justine received her bachelor’s in development studies and gender and sexuality studies from Brown University, and her M.S. in global health from the University of California San Francisco. She is passionate about sexual and reproductive health access, and previously volunteered as a doula for low-income women in San Francisco.