Visiting Lecturer of Public and International Affairs

210 Robertson Hall
Helene Wood
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  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Human Rights


Joe Amon is Vice President for Neglected Tropical Diseases at Helen Keller International, overseeing the organizations portfolio of work on parasitic and bacterial diseases in 20 countries in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining HKI he served as Director of the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch from 2005 - 2016, and initiated and supervised work on disability rights and human rights and climate change. He has also worked as an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a monitoring and evaluation officer with Family Health International (now FHI360), and a consultant to a wide range of NGOs and government and donor agencies. Joe holds a master's degree from Tulane University and a Ph.D. from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) focusing on parasitology and epidemiology. He has also lectured and held appointments at a number of universities, including Columbia, Johns Hopkins, USUHS, and SciencesPo (Paris), and taught at Princeton since 2011. He is a member of the advisory board of the Center for Health and Human Rights at the University at Albany; the editorial board and ethics committee of the Journal of the International AIDS Society; the UNAIDS reference group on HIV and Human Rights; and the steering committee of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. His publications can be found here: Publications

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