Gordon C. Shen

Gordon Shen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy of the City University of New York (CUNY). His research objectives are to be immersed in empirical contexts in emerging markets, and to use mixed-methods research designs to demonstrate how understudied phenomena in low- and middle-income countries can extend organizational sociology and management theories, as well as generate new ones. Gordon studies how diffusion processes unfold in the health care industry. He has examined cases of global mental health, China-Africa health aid and assistance, and performance-based financing. The diffusion of management innovations across cultures is a dominant theme in Gordon’s current research agenda.

Prior to joining the faculty at CUNY, Gordon was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University School of Public Health based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2014. He was also a Fulbright-Fogarty Global Health Fellow based in Beijing, China from 2012 to 2013. He received a Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California at Berkeley, a S.M. in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a B.S. in Psychobiology and Public Health from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has consulted for the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Gordon’s occasional musings can be found on Twitter @GordonShen.



  • PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • SM in Epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA


Research Interests

Cross-cultural health care management, hospital management, global health





Dr. Gordon Shen