Gabriel Blouin Genest has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Genest is one of 16 new faculty members this fall at the college. This year’s hires enhance existing program strengths and increase the college’s national profile across the arts, humanities, and human and social sciences.

“Faculty excellence is at the heart of Virginia Tech’s ability to succeed,” Dean Elizabeth Spiller said. "I am very pleased to welcome such a gifted and transformative group of scholars, artists, and teachers to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences."

Genest’s research interests include health politics and policies, health security and pandemics, global health institutions and practices, water politics, and the complexity theory. He will be teaching public policy and health politics.

The author of “L’eau en commun” and several book chapters, he has been published in Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine; Études internationales; Cultures & Conflits; and Dynamiques Internationales.

He is working on a book about the genealogy of health security in contemporary political practices and is developing projects on global pandemics management and the impact of health security on allocation of public health resources.

Genest holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa and a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Université Laval.