Sophie Harman

Sophie Harman is Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London, and has over fifteen years of experience working on global health politics. She has conducted research and gathered stories from across the world, in countries such as Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia and the global health hubs of Geneva and Washington DC. She advised the UK government on global health security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2016 she was selected to join the BBC’s Expert Women programme, and in 2019 was nominated for a BAFTA for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer for the narrative feature film she co-wrote and produced, Pili. Pili was a ground-breaking project that took the stories of women living with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania and turned them into a narrative of the everyday politics of living with the disease.

Sophie was awarded the Joni Lovenduski Prize for outstanding achievement by a mid-career scholar and the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2018. She is now working on her first book for the general reader, an investigation into the malign effects of global politics on women’s health, to be published by Virago / Little, Brown.