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Margaret Bourdeaux

Faculty Associate; Co-Lead, BKC Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response

Margaret Bourdeaux, MD, MPH, conducts research and field work focused on health systems and institutions in conflict affected states. She works closely with Harvard Medical School’s Global Public Policy and Social Change program and spearheads the Fragile Setting Health System working group. She has worked with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy to analyze the US Department of Defense’s global health projects and programs. She led a joint Harvard-NATO team of analysts to evaluate the impacts, challenges and opportunities international security forces have in protecting and rebuilding health systems in conflict affected states.

She earned her B.A. at Harvard University, her M.D. from Yale Medical School, completed her combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and completed her MPH at Harvard School of Public Health. She was one of the first graduates of the Global Women’s Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Projects & Tools

BKC Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response

The BKC Policy Practice on Digital Pandemic Response is an interdisciplinary program that works with public and private decision makers on difficult questions around the use of… More


BKC Medium Collection
Aug 21, 2020

“No simple answer”

“Covid State of Play” examines sick buildings, planning lags, and reopening

Talk covers COVID-19 and the need for creative, and swift, solutions More

Harvard Law Today
Jul 30, 2020

‘Feeding the virus’?

At a Berkman Klein Center event, experts rate U.S. response and outline steps necessary to defeat the virus

Talk assesses the U.S. response to COVID-19 and outlines steps necessary to defeat the virus. More

The New York Times
Jul 16, 2020

Testing Is on the Brink of Paralysis. That’s Very Bad News.

Jonathan Zittrain, Margaret Bourdeaux, and Beth Cameron call on governors to unite

“Our pandemic fight requires prompt testing results — and singular cooperation among the states to achieve them.” More


Vanity Fair

How Jared Kushner’s Secret Testing Plan “Went Poof Into Thin Air”

Margaret Bourdeaux speaks with Vanity Fair about the U.S. COVID testing system

Jul 30, 2020


Jun 17, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Contact Tracing and Technology: A Deep Dive

BKC co-hosts conversation on digital data and public health

BKC co-hosts conversation on digital data and public health More