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Muizz Akhtar (they/them) was a Future Perfect fellow at Vox, where they wrote about public health, urban planning, and climate change in the United States, as well as how these topics intersect in China.

Originally from Houston, Texas, they have previously worked in the realms of academia, strategic communications, nonprofit community organizations, and electoral campaigns. Before joining Vox, they were an editor at the Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions, where they worked on academic papers related to public health, education, and poverty alleviation in China. They also served as the communications director at the Texas Data Quality Coalition, where they advocated for legislation to improve public health outcomes, particularly in marginalized communities.

Muizz can be reached via email at and on Twitter at @muizz_akhtar.

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