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Emmanuel Koku

Emmanuel Koku, PhD

Interim Department Head
Associate Professor of Sociology
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:

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Qualitative/Quantitative Research
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Social Demography
  • Sociology of Development
  • Communication and Information Technology
  • Community and Urban Sociology


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.

Selected Publications:

  • Emmanuel Koku. HIV-Related Stigma Among African Immigrants Living with HIV/AIDS in USA. Sociological Research Online, Volume 15, Issue 3, August, 2010.
  • Dimitrina Dimitrova and Emmanuel Koku. Research Communities in Context: Trust, Independence and Technology in Professional Communities. In Virtual Community Practices and Social Interactive Media: Technology Lifecycle and Workflow Analysis edited by Demosthenes Akoumianakis. IGI Global, USA, pp. 350-375, 2009.
  • Ifeanyi Ezeonu and Emmanuel Koku. Crimes of Globalization: the Feminization of HIV Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Global South, 2. 2: 112 – 129, 2008.
  • Koku, Emmanuel, Nancy Nazer, and Barry Wellman. Netting Scholars: Online and Offline. American Behavioral Scientist 44:1752-74, 2001.
  • Wellman, B, K. Hampton, and Emmanuel Koku. Virtual Communities. In The Encyclopedia of Psychology, edited by A. E. Kazdin. Washington: Oxford University Press, pp. 170-72, 2001.