Dr. Kevin Mwenda is Assistant Professor of Population Studies (research) at the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) and Interim Director of the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4). Dr. Mwenda is also a faculty affiliate at the Data Science Institute (DSI) and Sociology Department at Brown.
Dr. Mwenda’s research focuses on spatial disparities in health outcomes among vulnerable populations around the world, and how these patterns are influenced by various environmental, climatic, and socioeconomic factors. His research interests include designing and applying methods that contextualize space and place in respect to vulnerability outcomes, to better understand human-environment dynamics (e.g. population health, climate and society).
Dr. Mwenda earned his PhD Degree in Geography (Geographic Information Science & Cartography) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has co-authored several publications ranging across multiple disciplines in high-impact journals including: Health & Place, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; International Journal of Health Geographics; Sustainability, among others.
He has taught GIS/spatial analysis courses at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curricula in the Sociology Department and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2023.