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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
Social economic development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
The connection between household wealth and individual health outcomes
Household economic security—wealth creation, preservation, and leveraging in low-income households

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Designing international studies
Qualitative methods
Mixed methods study design


Dr. Njeri Kagotho’s research—which is deeply influenced by her international practice—explores the incontestable link between a family’s wealth holdings and the physical and mental health well-being of its members. Her work has focused on: (a) the impact of chronic illness on wealth creation and wealth preservation, (b) the mechanisms through which wealth moderates health behaviors, (c) the effect of HIV and AIDS on the intergenerational transmission of human capital. Currently Dr. Kagotho is examining best practices in working with low-income HIV impacted households as they attempt to navigate socio-cultural and legal constraints to economic security.