3 pm – Thursday, February 19, 2015 -Sanyu Amimo Mojola: Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS

500 S. State Street |  LSA Building Room 4154 | Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology

Sanyu A Mojola is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research examines social structural processes underlying health disparities in a variety of settings including Kenya, South Africa, and Washington DC. Her current work uses mixed methods to examine gender disparities in HIV rates among African youth, the HIV epidemic among older adults in rural South Africa, and the HIV epidemic among African Americans in Washington DC. Her methodological specialty is combining qualitative methods (such as focus group and life history interviews) with quantitative methods (survey analysis) to answer research questions. She has published a book entitled Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS (University of California Press) which explores the question of how modern women in developing countries experience sexuality and love. She draws on interview, ethnographic, and survey data from her native country of Kenya to examine how young African women, who suffer disproportionate rates of HIV infection compared to young African men, navigate their relationships, schooling, employment, and finances in the context of economic inequality and a devastating HIV epidemic.  She has published articles in Signs, Social Science and Medicine, Studies in Family Planning, andPopulation and Development Review. Mojola received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where her dissertation was awarded the 2009 Richard Saller Dissertation Prize for the dissertation considered to be the most distinguished piece of scholarship across the Social Science Division of the University of Chicago in a given year.

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