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Emmanuel Koku

Emmanuel F. Koku, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology
Department Head
Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture &
Department of Sociology
Center for Interdisciplinary Study
Africana Studies
Office: 3201 Arch Street, 288
Phone: 215.895.6144
Fax: 215.895.1333


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Toronto, 2005

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Mixed Methods
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Global/Immigrant Health
  • Globalization, Development and Underdevelopment


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 five 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.

Selected Publications:

  1. Koku, E. F. Correlates of Risky Sex among Persons Aware of Their HIV Status: Evidence from the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey. In Koku, Paul Sergius, Sub-Saharan Africa: Culture, History and People (pp. 231–256). Nova Science Publishers.
  2. Felsher, M.; Koku, E.; Lankenau, S.; Brady, K.; Bellamy, S.; Roth, A. M. Motivations for PrEP-Related Interpersonal Communication Among Women Who Inject Drugs: A Qualitative Egocentric Network Study. Qualitative Health Research 2021, 31 (1), 86–99.
  3. Felsher, M.; Koku, E.; Bellamy, S. L.; Mulawa, M. I.; Roth, A. M. Predictors of Willingness to Diffuse PrEP Information within Ego-Centric Networks of Women Who Inject Drugs. AIDS and Behavior 2021, 25 (6), 1856–1863.
  4. Matranga, A.; Silverman, J.; Koku, E.; Klein, V.; Shumar, W. The Leadership Identification Tool: Maintaining the Quality of Interactions in Online Professional Learning Communities of Teachers. Journal of Interactive Learning Research 2020, 31 (3), 173–196.
  5. Massey, P. M.; Kearney, M. D.; Hauer, M. K.; Selvan, P.; Koku, E.; Leader, A. E. Dimensions of Misinformation about the HPV Vaccine on Instagram: Content and Network Analysis of Social Media Characteristics. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2020, 22 (12).
  6. Koku, E.; Felsher, M. The Effect of Social Networks and Social Constructions on HIV Risk Perceptions. AIDS and Behavior 2020, 24 (1), 206–221.
  7. Jia, F.; Koku, E. Making American Friends: The Effects of Musical Tastes and English Proficiency on Chinese International Students? Social Networks in the United States. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research 2019, 48 (1), 4–20.
  8. Felsher, M.; Koku, E. Explaining HIV Risk Multiplexity: A Social Network Analysis. AIDS and Behavior 2018, 22 (11), 3500–3507.
  9. Koku, E. F.; Rajab-Gyagenda, W. M.; Korto, M. D.; Morrison, S. D.; Beyene, Y.; Mbajah, J.; Ashton, C. HIV/AIDS among African Immigrants in the U.S.: The Need for Disaggregating HIV Surveillance Data by Country of Birth. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2016, 27 (3), 1316–1329.
  10. Koku, E. F. Desire for, and Uptake of HIV Tests by Ghanaian Women: The Relevance of Community Level Stigma. Journal of Community Health 2011, 36 (2), 289–299.
  11. Koku, E. F. HIV-Related Stigma among African Immigrants Living with HIV/AIDS in USA. Sociological Research Online 2010, 15 (3), 61–74.
  12. Koku, E.; Nazer, N.; Wellman, B. Netting Scholars: Online and Offline. American Behavioral Scientist 2001, 44 (10), 1752–1774.