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Calvin Odhiambo
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Media 308
(864) 503-5658
E-mail:  codhiambo@uscupstate.edu


Ph.D.   Indiana University, Sociology, African Studies, 2003
Dissertation: “HIV/AIDS in Kenya and the Health Belief Model.”

M.A.    University of Nairobi, Sociology, 1994
Thesis: “Institutionalization as a Form of Old Age Care in Kenya.”

B.A.    University of Nairobi, 1990
First Class Honors in Sociology.                

Areas of Specialty  

Health, Healing, and Illness
Culture: Cultural Anthropology
Africa, Race and Ethnic Relations
Social Change


"The Name Game: Using Insults to Illustrate the Social Construction of Gender" (2012): College Teaching, 60(1), 25-30.

Enabore, J.A., and Odhiambo, C. "Your faith has made you well: A Examination of the Relationship between Religion and Medicine." (2011). USC Upstate Undergraduate Research Journal, (4), 23-28.

"HIV/AIDS and the Women of Africa." (2012). International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2(2), 178-191.  

“Racial Disparities in the Risks for Cardiovascular Disease in the HIV Population” a paper presented at the 7th Annual South Carolina Upstate Research Symposium”. Spartanburg, SC. April 15. 2011.

“Your Faith has Made You Well: An Examination of the Conflict between the State and Faith Healing” a paper presented at the 7th Annual South Carolina Upstate Research Symposium in collaboration with Jan Enabore, Honors Student Research Assistant. Spartanburg, SC. April 15. 2011.

“Drawing Pictures and Conclusions: An Examination of why Black College Students view White Children, as opposed to Black Children, as Prettya paper presented at the 2011 South Carolina Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Charleston Southern University. February 11.  2011.

“Cardiovascular Disease Implications of HIV Treatment”. 25th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference on Hypertension and Related Risk Factors in Ethnic Populations. Organized by the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB). Washington, DC. 2010.

“HIV/AIDS and the Physical Environment: Environmental Conservation as an HIV/AIDS Campaign” South Carolina Sociological Association Conference. Claflin University, South Carolina. February 19, 2010.

“Risks for Cardiovascular Disease in African Americans who are HIV Positive” United States Conference on AIDS. San Francisco, CA. October 28-November 1, 2009.

“Derogatory Terms in Class: Simulating the Social Construction of Gender.” 16th Annual Georgia Conference on College and University Teaching. Kennesaw State University, Georgia. February 2009. 

“Women as Collateral Damage in the Ongoing Political Crisis in Kenya”, talk presented at the ‘Women in…Series,’ University of South Carolina Upstate. 2008.

Panelist – Juvenile Delinquency Exhibit, “Art as Symbolic Representations.” Loras College. 2007.

Midwest Sociological Society Conference, Omaha, NE. Presented paper on “The Female Face of HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries.” 2006.

Midwest Sociological Society Conference, Omaha, NE. Presented paper on “HIV/AIDS and Aging: Are These Strange Bed-fellows?” 2006.

Midwest Sociological Society, Minneapolis, MN. Presented paper on “Misapplication of Theory in Formulating HIV/AIDS Campaigns in Developing Countries.” 2005.

Papers in Progress:

“Dirty Names in Class: An Exercise in the Social Construction of  Gender."

“The Female Face of HIV/AIDS in Developing Societies: HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality."

“Misapplication of Theory in Formulating HIV/AIDS Campaign in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

“HIV/AIDS and the Elderly: Are These Strange Bed Fellows?”

“The Role of Traditional Healers in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Africa.”

Professional and Community Service  

Board Member Piedmont Care Inc.

Volunteer - Soup Kitchen

Academic Career  

2007-present  Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of South Carolina Upstate.

2003-2007      Assistant Professor of Sociology, Loras College, Dubuque, IA.

2001-2003      Sociology Instructor, Loras College, Dubuque, IA.

1997-2001      Associate Instructor, Sociology. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

1996-1997      Graduate Assistant, Sociology. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

1994-1995      Adjunct Lecturer, Sociology. Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

1992-1995      Tutorial Fellow, Sociology. University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.

1991-1992      Graduate Assistant, Sociology. University of Nairobi. Nairobi, Kenya.

1986-1987      High School Teacher, Ministry of Education, Kenya

Experience in the Field  

2003    Principal Researcher. “HIV/AIDS in Kenya and the Health Belief Model.” (Doctoral Dissertation).

1998    Research Assistant. Sociological Research Practicum (SRP), Department of Sociology, Indiana University. Prof Mike Wallace, Principal Researcher.

1997    Principal Researcher. “Community-based Care as an Alternative to Institutionalization of Old Age Care”. (Pre-dissertation research).

1994    Principal Researcher. “Institutionalization as a Form of Old Age Care in Kenya”. (Masters Dissertation).

1994    Research Assistant. National Council for Population Control and Development and the Center for the Study of Adolescence in Kenya.  “The Kenya Youth Initiative Project.” Dr. P. Njau, Principal Researcher.

1990    Principal Researcher. “Garbage Scavenging and an Income-generating Activity in Nairobi, Kenya.” (Undergraduate Dissertation).

1989    Research Assistant. International Labor Organization (ILO). “Problems of Urbanization in Nairobi."  Dr. Odegi Awuondo, Principal Researcher

Department Chair
Samantha Hauptman
Media 306 
(864) 503-5388

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