Jennifer Bouey

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Senior Policy Researcher; Tang Chair in China Policy Studies; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in epidemiology, George Washington University; M.P.H. in epidemiology, George Washington University; M.D. in clinical medicine, Peking University

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Dr. Jennifer Bouey is a senior policy researcher, Tang Chair for China Policy Studies, and an epidemiologist at the RAND Corporation. She also serves as the department chair for International Health at Georgetown University and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She leads wide-ranged collaborative research initiatives on global health security and health equity. Currently she is working on projects to promote health diplomacy in the COVID-19 era, gender equity in Asia, U.S.-China Track II dialogues on climate and energy, and health access for migrant women in Bangladesh. Bouey’s work has been quoted in general interest publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hill, and The Economist, as well as scholarly journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and BMJ Open. In the last two years, Bouey has testified multiple times before U.S. Congressional committees on China’s public health, global health, and health care reforms. Her research on migrant health and social determinants of health were funded by NIH, HRSA/HHS, and multiple foundations. Bouey also has been a consultant to the World Bank Group, UNAIDS, USAID, Hong Kong Government AIDS Fund, and other international NGOs. She earned her Ph.D. and M.P.H. in epidemiology from The George Washington University, and her M.D. from Peking University.

Previous Positions

Susan Mayor Professor in Health Equity, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University

Recent Projects

  • Korea Soft Power in the Era of COVID-19
  • Assessing COVID-19's impacts on Training
  • US-China Track II diplomacy preliminary
  • Developing a COVID-19 Decision-Support Tool for State and Local Policymakers

Selected Publications

Han J*, Bouey JZ*, Wang L, Mi G, Chen Z, He Y, Viviani T, Zhang F, "PrEP Uptake Preferences Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China: Results from a National Internet Survey," J International AIDS Soc., 22(2), 2019

Stoto MA, Kang M, Song T, Bouey J, Boyce MR, Katz R, "At the frontier of the global battle against emerging infections: surveillance and management of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong Province, China," J Glob Health Rep , 3, 2019

Shi LJ, Bouey ZJ, Lin L, "Impact of psychological integration and acculturation on mental health among migrant children in Guangzhou, China," BMJ open, 9(5), 2019

Haw, NJ, Yang J, Li H, Lin D, Wang Z, Bouey ZJ* , "Challenges and value of peer outreach workers in needle and syringe exchange programs: Evidence from an HIV prevention program in Yunnan Province, China.," J Ethn Subst Abuse, 15, 2018

Uretsky E, Bouey J, Katz R, "The Changing Paradigm of Global Health with Chinese Characteristics. Global Health Policy," Health Affairs, 2018

11.Chang RC, Hail-Jares K, Zheng H, He N, Bouey ZJ* , "Mitigating circumstances: a model-based analysis of associations between risk environment and infrequent condom use among Chinese street-based sex workers," PloS One, 13(5), 2018

K. Hail-Jares, S. Choi, L. Duo, Z. Luo, *ZJ Huang, "Occupational and Demographic Factors Associated with Drug Use Among Female Sex Workers at the China-Myanmar Border. ," Journal of Alcohol and Drug Dependency., (161), 2016

Huang ZJ, Zheng C, "Type 2 Diabetes among 6 Asian Ethnic Groups in California: The Nexus of Ethnicity, Gender, and Generational Status," J Health Care Poor Underserved, 26(2), 2015


Chinese; English

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: ABC News; BBC; Bloomberg Television; CGTN, China Global Television Network; Global Times; Marketplace; NPR, All Things Considered; People's Daily Online, China; VOA News Online; Voice of America Chinese


  • A woman holding her baby in her arms looks at a view of Seoul shrouded by fine dust during a polluted day in Seoul, South Korea, March 5, 2019, photo by Kim Hong-ji/Reuters

    South Korea's Extraordinary Fertility Decline

    The complicated history of family planning as well as socioeconomic and political factors may all play roles in depressing birth rates in South Korea. But the nation's fertility decline is just one piece in a complicated gender puzzle.

    Jul 22, 2022 The RAND Blog

  • Security personnel at the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by a World Health Organization team investigating the origins of COVID-19, in Wuhan, China, February 3, 2021, photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters

    Global Health Data Sharing: The Case of China and the Two Coronavirus Pandemics

    Tensions over the coronavirus seem to be prompting China to isolate itself in terms of data sharing. But the first coronavirus pandemic in 2003 actually helped open China to health collaborations with other countries. World leaders may be doing their citizens a disservice when they allow toxic geopolitics to undercut trust and international collaborations that took decades to build.

    Nov 22, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • A man holds a placard reading “Asian Americans are Americans” during the National Day of Action rally in Flushing, New York, March 27, 2021, photo by Ron Adar/SOPA Images/Sipa USA via Reuters

    Addressing Anti-Asian Racism: Q&A with Lu Dong and Jennifer Bouey

    Lu Dong, Jennifer Bouey, and RAND their colleagues are working to examine how Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are responding to the surge in hate against their communities, and how research can help.

    Sep 8, 2021

  • A nurse holds China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Porto Alegre, Brazil, August 8, 2020, photo by Diego Vara/Reuters

    Who Will Benefit from a Successful Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine?

    China, one of the world's largest producers of vaccines, could be among the first to produce one for COVID-19. If that happens, then would China be able to produce sufficient doses for domestic use? And which other countries would likely benefit?

    Aug 12, 2020 The Hill

  • Polygonal image of COVID-19 virus superimposed on a digital world map, photo by Andrii Pokliatskyi/Getty Images

    Global Challenges to Maintaining a Healthy Workforce During a Pandemic: Views from RAND Experts

    As nations across the globe remain in lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, questions about the future of employment and workforce productivity emerge. During a recent webinar, RAND experts discussed how to get people back to work and improve productivity post COVID-19.

    May 15, 2020

  • A woman visits her mother who has tested positive for coronavirus at a Seattle-area nursing home, the epicenter of one of the biggest outbreaks in the United States, in Kirkland, Washington, March 11, 2020, photo by Jason Redmond/Reuters

    U.S. COVID-19 Cases on the Rise: Q&A with RAND Experts

    COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is now in all 50 states. And more and more U.S. cases and deaths are being reported. As orders to close schools and restaurants take effect across America, RAND researchers answer some questions about the crisis.

    Mar 18, 2020

  • Volunteers in protective suits disinfect a railway station as China tries to contain an outbreak of coronavirus, Changsha, Hunan province, February 4, 2020, photo by Stringer/Reuters

    Coronavirus Outbreak Intensifies: Q&A with RAND Experts

    Cases of the coronavirus have now spread to several dozens of countries, infecting thousands and thousands of people across the globe. With concerns about the disease rising, we asked a group of RAND researchers to answer a wide range of questions about the crisis.

    Mar 5, 2020

  • Pedestrians walk in the Chinatown district of downtown Toronto, Ontario, after 3 patients with novel coronavirus were reported in Canada January 28, 2020, photo by Carlos Osorio/Reuters

    Is Coronavirus Another SARS?

    In 2002, the SARS pandemic infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774. How is the coronavirus outbreak similar? And how is it different?

    Jan 28, 2020 The World Post