Professor & Co-Chair
Office: 1214 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-5936
Chair’s Office Phone: (951) 827-6474
Fax: (951) 827-3330
Dr. Kposowa’s line of research adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses Demography, Epidemiology, Political Economy, and Racial/ethnic Inequality. In addition to doing basic research, Dr. Kposowa is convinced that sociological findings must, and should influence public policy in order to uplift the human condition, and for Sociology to remain relevant in the 21st century and beyond. Thus, his findings have received extensive media coverage nationally and internationally. An examination of the Science Citation Index shows that Dr. Kposowa is one of the most cited researchers in the Sociology Department, with most of these coming not only from his articles in biomedical journals, but sociology ones as well. For instance, his ground breaking work in Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology (2010) which showed that there had been an unexpected shift in the daily distribution of US suicides since 2000 received widespread coverage in various media across the world. His article in Police Practice & Research on the Sierra Leone Civil War provided the background for the 2009 movie on that war (Pride of Lions). In the movie, just as in the paper, Dr. Kposowa provides historical, economic and social causes of the war, and vehemently refutes the popular belief in the West that the war was caused by diamonds.
Dr. Kposowa is currently involved in research that investigates long-term consequences of the Sierra Leone Civil War on population health. In the United States, he focuses on racial disparities in health outcomes, as well as individual and environmental risk factors for various causes of death, especially suicide. Recent publications have appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Community Psychology, Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, and Social Science Quarterly.
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