The College of Arts & Sciences Welcomes Dr. Felicia Knaul As Director of the Miami Institute for the Americas

International health economist and expert in Latin American health systems begins new academic venture in the College on Aug. 16, 2015

CORAL GABLES, FL (August 7, 2015) — The University of Miami (UM) College of Arts & Sciences welcomes Dr. Felicia Knaul, an esteemed scholar and specialist in global health and policy in the Americas, as Director of the College’s Miami Institute for the Americas (MIA). MIA, formerly the Center for Latin American Studies, is a major national and international center in Caribbean, Latin American and Latino studies focusing on policy analysis within the humanities and the arts, as well as social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

“The College is honored to welcome a professional of Dr. Knaul’s magnitude into the faculty,” said Dr. Leonidas G. Bachas, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “With her at the helm of the Miami Institute, we will be able to further our partnerships and educational opportunities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Along with her new role at the Miami Institute, Dr. Knaul will also serve as a tenured professor in the Department of Public Health Services at the Miller School of Medicine. Prior to joining UM, Dr. Knaul served as Director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative and associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Knaul’s research spans a wide range of health issues and topics, from women and health to breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries, as well as health systems and reform. She co-authored a women’s health report published in the medical journal, The Lancet; has produced over 180 academic and policy publications; served at agencies such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF; and retains a research facility in Mexico at the Mexican Health Foundation. Dr. Knaul also founded the Mexican non-profit organization, Cáncer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.

Dr. Knaul, married to UM President-elect Dr. Julio Frenk, earned her B.A. in Economics and International Development from the University of Toronto, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

Read more about Dr. Knaul here.

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August 07, 2015