Degrees & Programs

Kaloga, Marissa

PhD Graduate

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
International Social Work
Women's Health
Financial Inclusion
Mixed Methods Research


Dr. Marissa Kaloga received her PhD in social work and interdisciplinary specialization in global health in May of 2017. Her research focuses on women and work, developing new knowledge about women’s labor and economic strategies in vulnerable and marginalized populations, such as sex workers, refugees and women in extreme poverty. Kaloga’s dissertation, resulting from her independent fieldwork in Francophone West Africa, is titled “The Role of Social Capital in Cooperative Groups: A Mixed-methods Study of Women’s Collective Savings Groups in Conakry, Guinea.” Her dissertation was funded by Ohio State’s Office of International Affairs. As director of business innovation and training at the Economic and Community Development Institute, the third largest nonprofit US-SBA microlender, she is implementing an inclusive group lending program for refugees as she uses knowledge developed in her dissertation work. Kaloga’s publications in peer-reviewed journals include articles on transnational gestational surrogacy and sex workers’ access to health care services. She has also given multiple presentations at national and international conferences. Kaloga has more than three years of independent teaching experience, including Social Science Research Methods, Race Ethnicity & Gender and International Social Work. She is a two-time recipient of the universities Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Exceptional Service and is the recipient of the Ohio State College of Social Work Merriss Cornell Research Scholarship Award.