Dr. Eduardo J. Gómez is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of International Development and Emerging Economies at King’s College London, in the newly formed International Development Institute. A political scientist by training, his research focuses on the role of institutional theory in domestic and international health policy, exploring how formal and informal institutional designs and change processes shape domestic government and international agency responses to disease. Dr. Gómez focuses on the emerging BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), as well as what the United States can learn from the BRICS in the area of health policy and systems innovation. His first book, Contested Epidemics: Policy Response in Brazil and the U.S. and what the BRICS Can Learn, has recently been published with Imperial College Press. Dr. Gómez is also completing his second book titled The De-Emerging Nations? Understanding Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa’s Struggle to Eradicate Disease. His research has been supported by organizations such as Oxfam, the George Soros and Tinker Foundations.
Dr. Gómez’s research has appeared in a myriad of scholarly journals, policy journals, and magazines. He is also a frequent contributor to major media outlets, such as CNN and BBC, on topics ranging from global health to US-Latin American relations.
Prior to joining the faculty at King’s College London, Dr. Gómez was an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in the USA and prior to that a pre-doctoral fellow in the Politics and Governance Group of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has previously worked for the RAND Corporation, World Bank, IMF, George Soros Foundation, and is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served at the United States Air Force Academy. He holds a PhD in political science from Brown University, an AM degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
On his spare time, Dr. Gómez enjoys the practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Roger Gracie Academy in London.