Emmanuel Koku is a sociologist with interests in the social networks, sexual health behaviors, new media use and knowledge/learning networks. Prior to completing his PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto (Canada), Koku spent 5 years working in the fields of sexual health (Toronto Public Health Department), health informatics (Medical Decision Logix, Baltimore, MD), and teaching (Temple University, Philadelphia).
His current research examines socio-demographic determinants of HIV risk in Africa, the lived-experiences of persons living with HIV in Africa and US, as well as professional and informal networks of academic researchers and policy makers.
Aside from his scholarly pursuits, Koku is actively engaged in applied and policy-related initiatives. He is currently working with the Office of Minority Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) on addressing health-related disparities in African immigrant communities in the United States.