Yanzhong Huang is a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he examines issues of emerging powers, global health rule-making, health-related development assistance, and universal health coverage. He is also an Associate Professor and Director of Global Health Studies at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, where he developed the first academic concentration among U.S. professional schools of international affairs that explicitly addresses the security and foreign policy aspects of health issues. He is the founding editor of Global Health Governance: The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm.

Huang has written extensively on global health governance, heath diplomacy and health security, and public health in China and East Asia. He has published numerous reports, journal articles, and book chapters, including articles in Survival, Foreign Affairs, Bioterrorism and Biosecurity, and the Journal of Contemporary China, as well as op-ed pieces in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Diplomat, and South China Morning Post, among others. In 2006, he coauthored the first scholarly article that systematically examines China’s soft power. His new book, Governing Health in Contemporary China (Routledge 2012), looks at health care reform, government ability to address disease outbreaks, and food and drug safety in China.

Huang is often consulted by major media outlets, the private sector, and governmental and non-governmental organizations on global health issues and China. He has also been frequently invited to speak at leading academic institutions and think tanks. In 2012, he was listed by InsideJersey as one of the “20 Brainiest People in New Jersey.” He was a Research Associate of the National Asia Research Program, a Public Intellectuals Fellow of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, an Associate Fellow of Asia Society, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has taught at Barnard College and Columbia University. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. from Fudan University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Last Updated: April 5, 2021



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Governing Health in Contemporary China

Yanzhong Huang
The lack of significant improvement in people’s health status and other mounting health challenges in China raise a puzzling question about the country’s internal transition: why did the reform-induced dynamics produce an economic miracle, but fail to reproduce the success Mao had achieved in the health sector? This book examines the political and policy dynamics of health governance in post-Mao China. It explores the political-institutional roots of the public health and health care challenges and the evolution of the leaders’ policy response in contemporary China. It argues that reform-induced institutional dynamics, when interacting with Maoist health policy structure in an authoritarian setting, have not only contributed to the rising health challenges in contemporary China, but also shaped the patterns and outcomes of China’s health system transition. The study of China’s health governance will further our understanding of the evolving political system in China and the complexities of China’s rise. As the world economy and international security are increasingly vulnerable to major disease outbreaks in China, it also sheds critical light on China’s role in global health governance. —Routledge

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