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. She holds an MSW in Community and Social Justice and Bachelor’s Degrees in International Studies and Business Administration. 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. Dr. Kaloga’s dissertation, resulting from her independent fieldwork in francophone West Africa is entitled, ”The Role of Social Capital in Cooperative Groups: A mixed-methods study of women’s collective savings groups in Conakry, Guinea” and was funded by OSU’s Office of International Affairs. As Director of Business Innovation and Training at The Economic and Community Development Institute, the 3rd largest non-profit US-SBA microlender, she is implementing an inclusive group lending program for refugees using knowledge developed in her dissertation work. Dr. 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 Edward J. Ray Award for Scholarship and Exceptional Service to the University and is the recipient of the Merriss Cornell Research Scholarship Award.