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Judy L. Twigg

Former Short-Term Scholar


    October 1, 1990 — November 1, 1990

    Professional affiliation

    Professor of Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Wilson Center Projects

    The Sources of Military-Technical Innovation: The US, Soviet Union and Japan

    Full Biography

    Judy Twigg is a professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches courses on global health, international political economy, and Russian politics. She is also a senior associate with the Russia & Eurasia Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; consultant for the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank; adjunct professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University; and member of the Board of Trustees of the Eurasia Foundation. Twigg’s work focuses on issues of health, human capital, and health systems reform in Eurasia, as well as evaluations of human development and public sector management development assistance projects globally. She has been a consultant for John Snow, Inc., UNICEF, the Social Science Research Council, and various U.S. government agencies. She was a 2005 recipient of the State Council on Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. She holds a B.S. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.A. in political science and Soviet studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in political science and security studies from MIT. Her recent work on COVID-19 in Russia has been published by the Council on Foreign Relations, Kennan Institute, and National Interest.