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Catherine Z. Worsnop

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Catherine Worsnop is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. She is also a research associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). Her research focuses on global governance and, specifically, on the role of international organizations in global health security.

Current projects examine international cooperation during global health emergencies and state compliance with WHO’s International Health Regulations. Work on these topics has been published or is forthcoming in The Review of International Organizations, Global Health Governance, and International Studies Perspectives. Other ongoing projects address international cooperation in the areas of climate change, human trafficking and building domestic outbreak response capacity.

Worsnop holds a PhD in Politics from Brandeis University (2016) and a BA in government from Colby College (2008). Before joining UMD, she was an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at Worcester State University. Previously, she worked with the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care (now the Leadership Consortium for a Value & Science-Driven Health System) at the National Academies.

Areas of Interest
  • Global governance, international relations, international organizations, security studies, global health
3 Credit(s)

Today's most pressing problems do not stop at national borders. Meeting these challenges requires a range of state and non-state actors to work together. Students gain familiarity with key actors in the global system and how they approach today's most intractable problems. How do countries, international organizations, multinational corporations, and nongovernmental organizations find ways to cooperate when their interests and capabilities sometimes differ drastically? And, what are the key barriers to cooperation? We will examine a set of global policy issues requiring a transnational response including violent conflict, nuclear non-proliferation, human rights, migration, international trade, climate change, infectious disease, and humanitarian relief.
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3 Credit(s)

An integrative course that allows policy students to explore the complexities of the policy-making process from the perspective of specific policy topics. They will learn about and discuss subject- based issues in a seminar format led by faculty and policy experts. Site visits to federal agencies, guest speakers, and round table sessions ensure that students receive a variety of real-world perspectives on their chosen policy area. Restricted to students who have earned a minimum of 90 credits.
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