About the Expert
Yanzhong Huang is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directs the Global Health Governance roundtable series. He is also a professor and director of global health studies at Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations, where he developed the first academic concentration among U.S. professional international affairs schools 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.
Dr. Huang has written extensively on China and global health. He is the author of Governing Health in Contemporary China (2013) and Toxic Politics: China’s Environmental Health Crisis and Its Challenge to the Chinese State (2020). He has also published numerous reports, journal articles, and book chapters, including articles in Survival, Foreign Affairs, Public Health, Bioterrorism and Biosecurity, and the China Leadership Monitor, as well as opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the South China Morning Post, among others. In 2006, he coauthored the first scholarly article that systematically examined China’s soft power.
Dr. Huang has testified before U.S. congressional committees many times and regularly is consulted by major media outlets, the private sector, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations on global health issues and China. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and a board member of the Institute of Global Health (Georgia). In 2012, InsideJersey listed him as one of the “20 Brainiest People in New Jersey.” He previously was a research associate at the National Asia Research Program, a public intellectuals fellow at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, an associate fellow at the 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 BA and MA from Fudan University and his PhD from the University of Chicago.
- American Journal of Bioterrorism, Biosecurity, and Biodefense, editorial board
- Center for China and Globalization, academic advisor
- East Asian Policy, editorial board
- Institute of Global Health (Georgia), board member
- Journal of Global Health Governance, founding editor
- Schwarzman College/Tsinghua University, guest lecturer
- Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations, professor
- U.S.-China Futures Projects, mentor
The first case of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China was reported to the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019. Since then, the disease has swept across the globe causing China’s government to quarantine Wuhan and the areas surrounding it. Tune in as Dr. Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health, shares his perspectives with C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies Elizabeth Economy on the disease’s cause, the Chinese government’s response, and potential areas for international collaboration.
Thomas J. Bollyky, director of CFR’s Global Health Program and senior fellow for global health, economics, and development, and Yanzhong Huang, CFR senior fellow for global health, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the recent spread of a pneumonia-like coronavirus from the city of Wuhan, China.