Ph.D. Brown University, Sociology
M.A. Brown University, Sociology
B.A. Middlebury College, Economics
I am a visiting professor this year at Davidson, my research interests reside in aspects of social demography, global political economy, and development.
I grew up in Tanzania and completed my undergraduate and graduate studies in the US, but my formal studies and additional short-term training opportunities have taken me all over the world including such countries as Swaziland, France, and Peru. I'm a native speaker of Swahili, and speak proficient French.
I continue to enjoy interacting with Davidson's talented students, especially those with an interest in global affairs. I am also grateful for the opportunity to design and teach courses that expand the global focus of the curriculum, including courses in Global Development, Global Health & Social Inequalities, Population and Society, and Political Economy of African Development.
My research relies primarily on quantitative data and methods. Broadly speaking, my research agenda attempts to contribute an answer to the following perennial questions: How is global socioeconomic inequality produced and reproduced? How are populations in the Global South (and of socio-economically disadvantaged groups in the Global North) affected by the socioeconomic changes that globalization creates? To that end, I read research from Social Demography on changing patterns of health and health inequality in the Global South; Development research on (de)construction of development as a global agenda; and Political Economy works on North-South institutional ties, especially studies on the engagement between sub-Saharan African nation-states and International Financial Institutions, such as the IMF and the World Bank.
I am working on articles for publication stemming from my dissertation, which examines how political and economic liberalization in the last two decades of the 20th century reconfigured health inequalities across geographical space in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia.
Other than reading and thinking about the sociological impact of structural (political-economic) transformations at the society-level, my work also explores correlations between institutional change and individuals' well-being and decision-making, at times, using holistic sociological approaches, such as the Life Course approach.
SOC 243 Global Health & Social Inequalities
SOC 247 Global Development & Underdevelopment
SOC 260 Social Statistics
SOC 265 Population and Society
SOC 387 Political Economy of African Development
SOC 392 Quantitative Data Analysis