Dr. Calvin Odhiambo

Calvin Odhiambo
Calvin Odhiambo
Associate Professor of Sociology

Media Building 308
Phone: (864) 503-5658
Fax: (864) 503-5705
E-mail: codhiambo@uscupstate.edu

Ph.D.   Sociology (with minor in African Studies) - Indiana University, 2003  
M.A.    Sociology – University of Nairobi (Kenya), 1994
B.A.    Sociology – University of Nairobi (Kenya), 1990     

Medical Sociology, Sociology of Mental Health and Illness, Sociology of Aging, Sociology of Death and Dying, Sociology of Religion, Sociological Theory, Introduction to Sociology

HIV/AIDS and Cardiovascular Disease, Breast Cancer, HPV and Cervical Cancer, Health Disparities

Odhiambo, Calvin,
Davis, Jessica, & Omolo, Bernard. (2017). “Risk for Cardiovascular Disease in Blacks with HIV/AIDS in America: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice 10(2):121-141

Davis, Jessica, Odhiambo, Calvin, and Omolo, Bernard. (2015). “Risk for Cardiovascular Disease in Blacks with HIV/AIDS in America: A Systematic Review of the Literature.” USC Upstate Undergraduate Research Journal, Vol8:43-53

Ward, Kelsey and Odhiambo, Calvin. (2014). “Factors Influencing a Woman’s Decision to Receive Medical Treatment for Infertility.” USC Upstate Undergraduate Research Journal Vol 7:63-69

Zeng, Jinwen, Odhiambo, Calvin, and Marlow, David. (2012). “Abusive Language in Chinese and English.” Cross-Cultural Studies. Vol. 28:141-161

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

Odhiambo, Calvin. (2012). “HIV/AIDS and Women in Africa.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. Vol. 2(2):178-191

Enabore, Jan Andre and Odhiambo, Calvin. (2011). Your Faith has Made You Well: An Examination of the Relationship Between Religion and Medicine. USC Upstate Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol. 4: 23-28

Odhiambo, Calvin. (2010). Theory-driven HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs: Problems with the Application of Foreign Solutions to Local Problems. Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-3-8383-9670-5


  • Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Award (2017) – Grant Amount: $6,000. “Black-White Racial Disparity in Cardiovascular Disease among People with HIV-AIDS in America: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”
  • Title III Active Learning Fellowship (2017) – Grant amount: $1,500. Awarded to redesign SOCY 101: Introduction to Sociology as an Active Learning course for Spring 2017.
  • USC Upstate Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) STEP-UP Student Technology Enhancement Program (2015) – Grant Amount: $1500. Awarded to redesign SOCY 345: Sociology of Religion as a Technology Enhancement course for Summer 2015
  • Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity (SIPID Scholarship) in Cardiovascular Health Disparities Research (2009).  Funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute & National Institutes of Health.