Ms. Nagar is an Analyst at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a Research Associate in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her primary research interests include global health security, public health systems strengthening, and centering equity, inclusion, and community resilience in health security discourse.
At the Center, Ms. Nagar is supporting efforts to establish a nongovernmental policy center in the Asian region to advance national, regional, and international health security goals, including those that will improve prevention, detection, response, and recovery from pandemics and other catastrophic infectious disease emergencies in the region and beyond. Before joining the Center, her work focused on integrating gender equity and social inclusion into various global health and international development projects. Her projects addressed complex global public health issues such as gender-based violence, menstrual health and hygiene, water and sanitation, child marriage, sexual and reproductive health, and more. She also has provided global health consulting services for organizations like UNICEF, Save the Children, and academic institutions.
Ms. Nagar received her MPH degree with a specialization in global health from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. During her graduate studies, she used quantitative and qualitative research methods to study maternal and child undernutrition in Haiti and contributed to The Lancet series on Gender Equality, Norms, and Health. Ms. Nagar earned a BS in biology with minors in religion and philosophy from Wake Forest University, where she engaged in life sciences research and, after graduating, helped establish the locus for 3 new undergraduate academic programs at the university: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery, and Engineering.