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Emmanuel F. Koku, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences,
Drexel University

Emmanuel F. Koku, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Drexel University. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto, Canada. His research interests are in the social networks, sociology of health & illness and quantitative methods. At Drexel, he regularly teaches courses and supervises graduate student work in these areas.

Over the past 15 years, his research has been focused on determinants of HIV risk in African and its diaspora populations, configurations of sexual-risk networks, as well as the lived-experiences of persons living with HIV. His publications have appeared in American Behavioral Scientist, the Global South, Journal of Community Health, Sexual Health, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Asian Ethnicity, Information, Communication & Society, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Dr. Koku is currently working on two major research projects: (1) Disparities in reproductive and sexual health status, needs and outcomes, using a number of secondary data sources – including National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), The Southeast Pennsylvania Household Health Survey (SEPAHHS), Demographic & Health Surveys (DHS), and (2) an NSF-funded mixed-methods study examining the relationship between social networks and experiences of HIV-related stigma among African immigrants in the U.S.

Prior to completing his doctoral program, Dr. Koku spent five years working in the fields of sexual health (Toronto Public Health Department) and health informatics (Medical Decision Logix, Baltimore, MD). In continuing pursuit of his applied/policy-related interests, Dr. Koku is actively engaged in local and federal initiatives addressing health disparities in communities of color.