Introducing Guest Blogger Scott Burris
I’m pleased to announce that Professor Scott Burris will be joining us for the next month as a guest blogger.
Scott is the James E. Beasley Professor of Law at the Beasley School of Law of Temple University, and Associate Director of the Center for Law and the Public’s Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He began his career in public health law during the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He was the editor of the first systematic legal analysis of HIV in the United States, AIDS and the Law: A Guide for the Public (Yale University Press, 1987), and spent several years lobbying and litigating on behalf of people with HIV as an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. Since joining the Temple faculty in 1991, his research has focused on how law influences public health and health behavior.
He is the author of over 100 books, book chapters, articles and reports on issues including discrimination against people with HIV and other disabilities; HIV policy; research ethics; and the health effects of criminal law and drug policy. His current research topics include health governance, the regulation of sexual behavior, harm reduction and human research subject protection. He has been particularly interested in developing theory and methods aimed at promoting effective local health governance. His work has been supported by organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He has served as a consultant on public health law with organizations ranging from the United Nations Development Programme and the American Psychological Association to the Institute of Medicine and the producers of the Oscar-winning film “Philadelphia.” He is a member of the Law, Policy and Ethics Core of the Center for Interdiscplinary Research on AIDS at Yale, and serves as an advisor to the Tsinghua University AIDS Institute, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Research Center for HIV/AIDS Public Policy and the Program in Bioethics at Monash University. Burris is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Yale Law School.
- AIDS AND THE LAW: A GUIDE FOR THE PUBLIC (Yale University Press, 1987) (editor, with Harlon L. Dalton & the Yale AIDS/Law Project)
- Nodal Governance, 30 AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL PHILOSOPHY 30 (2005) (with Drahos and Shearing)
- The Law and the Public’s Health: A Study of Infectious Disease Law in the United States, 99 COLUMBIA L. REV. 59 (1999) (with Gostin & Lazzarini)
- Burris, S., K. M. Blankenship, M. Donoghoe, S. Sherman, J. S. Vernick, P. Case, Z. Lazzarini, and S. Koester. 2004. Addressing the “Risk Environment” for Injection Drug Users: The Mysterious Case of the Missing Cop. Milbank Quarterly 82:125-156.
- Burris, S. 1997. The Invisibility of Public Health: Population-level Measures in a Politics of Market Individualism. American Journal of Public Health 87:1607-1610.