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Kagotho, Njeri, PhD

Kagotho, Njeri, PhD

Associate Professor

Pronouns: She/Her

614-247-2094 |

Curriculum Vitae


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.


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