Gary started doing public interest work in 1987. For 14 years, he directed the Congressional Accountability Project, which opposed corruption in the U.S. Congress. For nine years, he was executive director and co-founder (with Ralph Nader) of Commercial Alert, an advertising and marketing watchdog group. He was also director of the Center for Corporate Policy. He has authored or co-authored articles in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Mothering, Multinational Monitor, Environmental Health News, Milbank Quarterly, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Journal of Public Health Policy, Globalization and Health, Public Health Nutrition, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Critical Public Health and many others. In 2013, he wrote a report on corporate espionage against nonprofit organizations. He received his undergraduate degree in religion from Carleton College, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Gary Ruskin’s recent work:
Public Health Nutrition: Big Food and Drink sponsorship of conferences and speakers: A case study of one multinational company’s influence over knowledge dissemination and professional engagement. By Jónas Atli Gunnarsson, Gary Ruskin, David Stuckler and Sarah Steele. (12.1.22)
Globalization and Health: How independent is the international food information council from the food and beverage industry? A content analysis of internal industry documents, by Daniel Zaltz, Lauren Bisi, Gary Ruskin and Connie Hoe (10.29.22).
Public Health Nutrition: The corporate capture of the nutrition profession in the USA: the case of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, by Angela Carriedo, Ilana Pinsky, Eric Crosbie, Gary Ruskin and Mélissa Mialon (10.24.22).
Globalization and Health: Confronting potential food industry ‘front groups’: case study of the international food information Council’s nutrition communications using the UCSF food industry documents archive, by Sarah Steele, Lejla Sarcevic, Gary Ruskin and David Stuckler (2.12.22).
Globalization and Health: Beyond nutrition and physical activity: food industry shaping of the very principles of scientific integrity, by Mélissa Mialon, Matthew Ho, Angela Carriedo, Gary Ruskin and Eric Crosbie (4.20.21).
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: How Coca-Cola Shaped the International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health: An Analysis of Email Exchanges between 2012 and 2014, by Benjamin Wood, Gary Ruskin and Gary Sacks (12.2.20)
Public Health Nutrition: Evaluating Coca-Cola’s attempts to influence public health ‘in their own words’: analysis of Coca-Cola emails with public health academics leading the Global Energy Balance Network, by Paulo Serodio, Gary Ruskin, Martin McKee and David Stuckler (8.3.20)
Public Health Nutrition: Pushing partnerships: corporate influence on research and policy via the International Life Sciences Institute, by Sarah Steele, Gary Ruskin and David Stuckler (5.17.20)
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Targeting Children and Their Mothers, Building Allies and Marginalising Opposition: An Analysis of Two Coca-Cola Public Relations Requests for Proposals, by Benjamin Wood, Gary Ruskin and Gary Sacks (12.18.19)
Globalization and Health: Are industry-funded charities promoting “advocacy-led studies” or “evidence-based science”? A case study of the International Life Sciences Institute, by Sarah Steele, Gary Ruskin, Lejla Sarcevic, Martin McKee and David Stuckler (6.2.19)
Journal of Public Health Policy: “Always read the small print”: a case study of commercial research funding, disclosure and agreements with Coca-Cola, by Sarah Steele, Gary Ruskin, Martin McKee and David Stuckler (5.8.19).
Milbank Quarterly: Public Meets Private: Conversations Between Coca-Cola and the CDC, by Nason Maani Hessari, Gary Ruskin, Martin McKee and David Stuckler (1.29.19)
Environmental Health News: Coca Cola’s war with the public health community: An Inside look at Coca Cola’s manipulation masquerading as science (4.3.18)
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: Science organisations and Coca-Cola’s ‘war’ with the public health community: insights from an internal industry document, by Pepita Barlow, Paulo Serôdio, Gary Ruskin, Martin McKee, David Stuckler (3.14.18)
Journal of Public Health Policy: Complexity and conflicts of interest statements: a case-study of emails exchanged between Coca-Cola and the principal investigators of the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE), by David Stuckler, Martin McKee and Gary Ruskin (11.27.17)
Critical Public Health: How food companies influence evidence and opinion – straight from the horse’s mouth, by Gary Sacks, Boyd Swinburn, Adrian Cameron, and Gary Ruskin (5.18.17)