Sara L.M. Davis (known as Meg) is a senior researcher and lead of the Digital Health and Rights Project at The Graduate Institute, Geneva. She is also special advisor for the Graduate Institute’s Global Health Centre.
Meg earned her Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania, and held postdoctoral fellowships at Yale and UCLA. She has taught at U Penn, Yale, Temple University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Geneva Centre for Humanitarian Studies. She was a a visiting fellow at Columbia University, Fordham University School of Law, and New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.
Davis has worked in human rights and global health policy for most of her career. She was China researcher at Human Rights Watch, where she did research on HIV and human rights; then founding executive director of Asia Catalyst; and then the first senior advisor on human rights at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. As a consultant, she has assisted UN agencies, civil society networks, and delegations on the Board of the Global Fund and UNAIDS.
Meg is the author of The Uncounted: Politics of Data in Global Health (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and an earlier book, Song and Silence: Ethnic revival on China’s southwest borders (Columbia University Press 2005). She is the author of numerous opinion columns and NGO reports. She also hosts the Right On Podcast, and is an expert listed on SheSource. In 2017, she was one of three winners of the International Geneva Award.
- Corinne Carey, “The Uncounted: New book explores intentional gaps in health data”. The Sanctuary for Independent Media, June 16.
- Melissa Gira Grant, “The Pandemic Surveillance State”. New Republic, May 8.
- with Ken Roth (HRW), Daniel Warner, Imogen Foulkes on the Inside Geneva podcast, “Pandemics and Power”. Inside Geneva, April 28.
- Quoted in The New Humanitarian: “Who Funds WHO?”
- Interviewed in French for Radio France International: “ONU: Une déclaration trop faible pour enrayer l’épidémie de sida?”