Karen Eggleston joined the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center in the summer of 2007 to lead the center's Asia Health Policy Program. She is also a Fellow with the Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) at Stanford University School of Medicine, a fellow at Stanford's Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research (CHP/PCOR), and a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Her research focuses on comparative healthcare systems and health reform in Asia, especially China; government and market roles in the health sector; payment incentives; healthcare productivity; and the economics of the demographic transition. Eggleston teaches through Stanford's East Asian studies and International Policy Studies programs and is also affiliated with Stanford's public policy program.
Eggleston earned her PhD in public policy from Harvard University in 1999. She has MA degrees in economics and Asian studies from the University of Hawaii (August 1995 and May 1992, respectively), and earned a BA in Asian studies summa cum laude (valedictorian) from Dartmouth College in 1988. Eggleston studied in China for two years and was a Fulbright scholar in Korea. She was a consultant to the World Bank on their project on health service delivery in rural China in 2004, to China's Ministry of Finance and the Asian Development Bank from 2010 to 2011 for an evaluation of China's health reforms, and to the World Bank/WHO/Government of China 2015 report on China's health service delivery system. She is a member of the Strategic Technical Advisory Committee for the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.