Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies
Prior to joining Northeastern Dr. Richard Wamai was a research fellow in the Takemi Program in International Health at Harvard School of Public Health. Before that, Dr. Wamai was a researcher at Oxford University (UK) Department of Social Policy. His previous work experience spans a number of other institutions including the London School of Economics, the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Institute for Public Policy, the World Bank, the Nordic-Africa Institute in Uppsala Sweden, and the University of Nairobi in Kenya. His research areas are: HIV/AIDS, focusing on male circumcision for HIV prevention, cost-effectiveness and policy in Africa; neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Kenya; human papillomavirus in Africa; and health systems and policy. At Northeastern, with professor Pollastri, Dr. Wamai co-leads the Integrated Initiative for Global Health to champion global health efforts at the university. In Kenya Dr. Wamai has opened The Research on Multi-Disease and Educational Services (TERMES) Center to accelerate his work on neglected diseases.
- 2013: Kenyan Diaspora Shujaa Award [Recognized as ‘hero’ “for continued and extensive global research on HIV/AIDS” on the occasion of Kenya’s national holiday “Mashujaa [Heroes] Day”.]. The New England Kenya Welfare Association (NEKWA) (October 20)
- 2013: Voted ‘Northeastern Favorite Faculty’ by the 2013 graduated Senior Class, Cauldron Yearbook at Northeastern, 2013.
- 2012- 2012: World AIDS Day Unsung Hero Award Winner, Blood:Water Mission (November 30, 2012).
- 2012: Distinguished Faculty Award, John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute (April 20)
- Shirley H, Wamai R. A Narrative Review of Kenya’s Surgical Capacity Using the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery’s Indicator Framework. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2022;10(1):e2100500.
- Global Burden of Disease 2019 Cancer Collaboration, Kocarnik JM, Compton K, et al. Cancer Incidence, Mortality, Years of Life Lost, Years Lived With Disability, and Disability-Adjusted Life Years for 29 Cancer Groups From 2010 to 2019: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. JAMA Oncol. 2022;8(3):420-444.
- Starnes JR, Wamae J*, Okoth V, Ressler DJ, Were V, Were LPO*, Moon TD, Wamai R. Population-based socio-demographic household assessment of livelihoods and health among communities in Migori County, Kenya over multiple timepoints (2021, 2024, 2027): A study protocol. PLoS One. 2021;16(8):e0256555. Published 2021 Aug 25.
- Global Burden of Disease 2020 Health Financing Collaborator Network. Tracking development assistance for health and for COVID-19: a review of development assistance, government, out-of-pocket, and other private spending on health for 204 countries and territories, 1990-2050 [published online ahead of print, 2021 Sep 22]. Lancet. 2021;S0140-6736(21)01258-7.
- Wamai RG, Hirsch JL*, Van Damme W, Alnwick D, Bailey RC, Hodgins S, Alam U, Anyona M. What could explain the lower COVID-19 burden in Africa despite considerable circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus? J. Environ. Res. Public Health2021, 18(16), 8638 [Preprints 2021, 2021050549 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0549.v1)] [in: Topical Collection “Outbreak of a Novel Coronavirus: A Global Health Threat”]
- Halperin DT, Hearst N, Hodgins S, Bailey RC, Klausner JD, Jackson H, Wamai RG, Ladapo JA, Over M, Baral S, Escandón K, Gandhi M. Revisiting COVID-19 policies: 10 evidence-based recommendations for where to go from here. BMC Public Health. 2021;21(1):2084. Published 2021 Nov 13. doi:10.1186/s12889-021-12082-z
- Grifferty G*, Shirley H*, McGloin J*, Kahn J*, Orriols A*, Wamai R. Vulnerabilities to and the Socioeconomic and Psychosocial Impacts of the Leishmaniases: A Review. Res Rep Trop Med. 2021;12:135-151. Published 2021 Jun 23. doi:10.2147/RRTM.S278138
- Local Burden of Disease HIV Collaborators. Subnational mapping of HIV incidence and mortality among individuals aged 15-49 years in sub-Saharan Africa, 2000-18: a modelling study. Lancet HIV. 2021;8(6):e363-e375.
- GBD 2019 Viewpoint Collaborators. Five insights from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. Lancet. 2020;396(10258):1135-1159.
- Were LPO, Were E, Wamai R, Hogan J, Galarraga O. Effects of social health insurance on access and utilization of obstetric health services: results from HIV+ pregnant women in Kenya. BMC Public Health. 2020;20(1):87.
Related Research Centers
Post Doc, 2008
Harvard University School of Public Health
University of Helsinki
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Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases & Health Disparities in the African Diaspora
Examines the epidemiology and determinants of diseases and the public health practice among continental African peoples and African-derived populations in the Americas and elsewhere in the African Diaspora.
Introduction to Global Health
This course introduces global health in the context of an interdependent and globalized world focusing on four main areas of analysis: infrastructure of global health; diseases; populations; and terms, concepts and theories. While our focus is on lower-income countries, the course examines issues in a broader global context underscoring the interconnections between global health disparities and global health policy response. Case studies describing interventions to improve healthcare in resource-poor settings in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere are applied to help illuminate the actors, diseases, populations and principles and frameworks for the design of effective global health interventions.
Professor of English and Africana Studies
Amílcar Antonio Barreto
Professor & Chair, Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Professor & Interim Director, International Affairs; Professor, Political Science; Affiliated faculty member of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies; Affiliated faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Professor Emeritus of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies
Professor of African American Studies and History, Emeritus
Professor of History, Emeritus
Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature; Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences
Acting Director of the Asia and the World Program; Associate Professor of Anthropology
Emeritus Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies
Professor Emeritus of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies; Director of Global Asian Studies
Daniel Noemi Voionmaa
Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies