Barbara B.

Barbara B.


Barbara is a senior at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where she’s finishing up her BA in English. A writer first and foremost, Barbara has a special interest in medical, bioethical, and public health writing, and is currently completing a fellowship with GMU’s Global Health Fellows Program. After graduating, she hopes to enter the field of medical communications or public health.


“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. … We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.” — Sr. Joan Chittister, O.S.B.


What does WHO’s Zika Announcement Mean for Future Policy?

On Nov. 18, the World Health Organization released a statement declaring that its officials no longer consider Zika virus to be a public health emergency. Prior to the announcement, Zika virus was classified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), which garnered intense, short-term commitments to funding, research, and other resources. According to […]

Barbara B. | November 28, 2016


Not Merely Victims: Three Things to Know About Women and the Islamic State

When the Islamic State is mentioned in passing, an oversimplified narrative of good versus evil, predators versus prey, tends to result. Indeed, ISIL—the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant—has been quite open about its practices, streaming videos of crucifixions and decapitations online to transmit fear and garner respect. Brutality against women has been at the forefront […]

Barbara B. | October 14, 2016


Is there a global ‘loneliness epidemic’?

Last month, The New York Times reported on a series of initiatives in Britain to address an unusual concern: loneliness. Describing it as a “serious public health issue” affecting mostly senior citizens, the National Health Service, along with local governments and charities, has taken steps toward improvement. They have set up 24-hour loneliness call-in lines, […]

Barbara B. | October 6, 2016


Considering displaced persons: Before we fear, let’s learn from the past

It’s February 1945. Liviu is fifteen years old, though he does not look it. The months in the camp have whittled him down to a child-like size, always shivering. Though he has been out for nearly two weeks—the foreign men loaded him and the other inmates into wagons and drove them to a new camp with separate beds and good-smelling […]

Barbara B. | September 25, 2016