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Kagotho, Njeri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chief Diversity Officer
Pronouns: She/Her


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - Washington University in St. Louis, 2009 - Social Work
MSW - Washington University in St. Louis, 2003 - Social Work
BA - University of Nairobi, Kenya, 2000 - Social Work

Areas of Expertise
Institutions and asset building
Social & economic development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
Household economic security—wealth creation, preservation, and leveraging in low-income households

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Designing international research studies
Qualitative research approaches
Anti-oppressive pedagogies


Dr. Njeri Kagotho’s research examines the institutional factors linked to the economic functioning of at-risk and low-income individuals. Specifically, she seeks to understand how people in resource-depleted communities navigate their environment to accumulate assets and how these assets in turn inform physical and mental health functioning. The competing demands of poverty have a very real impact on people’s health, regardless of culture and geography. The more precarious their circumstances, the less opportunities people have to make decisions that will provide for healthy futures.