Joseph Kangmennaang, PhD

Queen’s National Scholar in Black Health & Social Change

PhD (University of Waterloo)

MA (Western University)

B.A (University of Ghana)

Contact Information

Email: Telephone: 613-533-6000 x79037 Office: KINE 301L

Undergraduate Courses

HLTH 397: Globalization and Black Health

HLTH 495: Racism and Health

Research Summary

I am a health geographer by training and my primary area of research focuses on relationships between environment and wellbeing, broadly defined. I am specifically interested in how the places we live, work and play impact population health and wellbeing especially with regards to (re)emerging infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). While most of my research is situated in a global context, my regional specialization is in sub-Saharan Africa where I explore placed-based perceptions and understandings of wellbeing as well as the links between contextual attributes of places, and population wellbeing. My current research explores Black immigrants’ experience in the United States and Canada. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how Black immigrants’ health and wellbeing are impacted by social, technological, and demographical changes. I employ social theories, participatory and mixed-method approaches to answer various questions and work with marginalized communities to promote their health and wellbeing.

Key words

Community wellbeing
Immigrant health
Health inequalities
Racism and health
Social change and health
Non-Communicable Disease control and prevention