Yara Asi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Global Health Management and Informatics

Office: DPAC Suite 401

Phone: 407-823-5087


Professional Summary

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.

Office Hours

Tuesday: 12 pm – 2 pm
Thursday (main): 11 am – 2 pm


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

Areas of Expertise

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

Recent Honors and Awards

  • 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

Recent Publications

Asi, Y. (2021). Freedom of Movement and Women’s Health: A Comparative Global Analysis. World Medical & Health Policy. [Early View]. DOI

Williams, C. & Asi, Y. (2020). Use of mHealth for Cardiovascular Disease in Low- and Middle-Income Countries with Low Peace: Systematic Review and Recommendations. International Journal of Humanitarian Technology, 1(2), 118 – 130. DOI: 10.1504/IJHT.2020.112450

Asi, Y. & Williams, C. (2020). Equality through Innovation: Promoting Women in the Workplace in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) with Health Information Technology (HIT). Journal of Social Issues, 76(3), 721-743.

Asi, Y. (2020). Can we weather the health risks of climate change amidst political instability? Evidence and lessons from fragile- and conflict-affected states. Global Health Governance, X(1), 69-84.

Asi, Y. (2020).  Achieving Food Security through Localization, not Aid: “De-development” and Food Sovereignty in the Palestinian Territories. Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, 15(2), 205-218. DOI

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)

Professional Organizations

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