Professor of global health and international studies and director, Global Women's Institute, George Washington University
Mary Ellsberg is the founding director of the Global Women’s Institute, a university-wide institute dedicated to producing policy-oriented research to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. She has more than 30 years of experience in international research and program work on gender and public health issues. Her deep connection to global gender issues stems not only from her academic work but also from living in Nicaragua for nearly 20 years leading public health and women’s rights advocacy. She was a member of the core research team of the World Health Organization’s multicountry study on domestic violence and women’s health. Ellsberg has written more than 40 books and articles on gender-based violence and ethical and methodological aspects of violence research. She earned a doctorate in epidemiology and public health from Umea University in Sweden and a bachelor's degree in Latin American studies from Yale University.