Dr. Yara M. Asi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the School of Global Health Management and Informatics. Her research agenda focuses on global health, human rights, and development in fragile populations. She is a Non-resident Fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC, a 2020-2021 Fulbright US Scholar to the West Bank, and the Fall 2021 US Fellow at Al Shabaka Policy Network. Along with working at one of the first accountable care organizations in the United States, she has also worked with Médecins Sans Frontières, Amnesty International USA, and the Palestinian American Research Center on policy and outreach issues. She has presented at multiple national and international conferences on topics related to global health, food security, health informatics, and women in healthcare, and has published extensively on health and well-being in fragile and conflict-affected populations in journal articles and book chapters. Her work has also been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, +972 Magazine, The Conversation, Al Jazeera, The World, and other outlets. Her forthcoming book with Johns Hopkins University Press will examine war as a public health crisis.

Areas of Expertise
  • Global health
  • Health and development in fragile and conflict-affected populations
  • Women in global health

PhD, Public Affairs (Health Services Research and Management track)
University of Central Florida


Research Interests
  • Global health policy
  • Health in fragile and conflict-affected populations
  • Gender inequities in global health
  • Structural violence and health
  • Health effects of climate change
Current Funded Projects

The Legacy of Racial Violence, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), funded by the Research Council of Norway (Dec 2021-Dec 2025)

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program (West Bank) 2020-2021, Moving Beyond Movement Restrictions to Provide Adequate Health Care in the West Bank (deferred to fall 2022 due to COVID-19)


  • Recipient (2020), Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program (West Bank), Moving Beyond Movement Restrictions to Provide Adequate Health Care in the West Bank, Jan 2021-Jan 2023
  • Fellow (2020), ELEVATE, Center for Minority Serving Institutions, Rutgers University
  • Recipient (2020), Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society, Overseas Travel Grant
  • Recipient (2020), International Studies Association Global Health Young Investigator Award
  • Participant (2019), National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, University of Arizona


  • International Studies Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Middle East Studies Association