Kevin Mwenda

Kevin Mwenda
Brown University
Brown University
Assistant Professor
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Graduate Student Fellow

Social Demography Lab Manager

Kevin is a Ph.D candidate in the Geography Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara studying Geographic Information Science (GIScience), focusing on Applied Spatial Statistics. He completed an M.A degree in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014 and graduated with distinction from Dartmouth College in 2010 with a B.A in Environmental Studies and a minor in Engineering Sciences. His interests include the application of GIScience & spatial statistics in public health research. Kevin's current work explores spatial associations between child undernutrition and malaria endemicity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

UC Santa Barbara. 2018. Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship.

Broom Center for Demography, UC Santa Barbara. 2017. Dean’s Grant, Graduate Students Research and Travel Award

Broom Center for Demography, UC Santa Barbara. 2017 - Present. PAA Travel Award. 

Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara. 2013 - Present. Jack & Laura Dangermond Travel Award. 

Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara. 2016. Leal Anne Kerry Mertes Scholarship. 

UC Santa Barbara. 2014 - Present. Graduate Students Association Conference Travel Award.


Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences at Brown University's Population Studies and Training Center.


López-Carr, D., Mwenda K.M.,  Pricope N.G., Kyriakidis P.C., Jankowska M.M., Weeks J., Funk C., Husak G., Michaelsen J. 2016. 
"Climate-Related Child Undernutrition in the Lake Victoria Basin: An Integrated Spatial Analysis of Health Surveys, NDVI, and Precipitation Data."
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. 9 (6):  2830 - 2835. 
Mwenda K.M., Kyriakidis P.C., López-Carr, D. 2015. 
"Quantifying Spatial Uncertainty of Population Estimates: Evidence from three Tanzanian districts, Plurimondi."
An International Forum for Research and Debate on Human Settlements. 8(17): 215-221.
David López-Carr, Kevin M. Mwenda, Narcisa G. Pricope, Phaedon C. Kyriakidis, Marta M. Jankowska, John Weeks, Chris Funk, Gregory Husak, and Joel Michaelsen. 2015.  
"A spatial statistical analysis of climate-related child malnutrition in the lake victoria basin."
Proceedings of the 2015 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium(IGARSS) Conference. Milan, Italy. pp. 2564-25-67.
K. Mwenda, P. Kyriakidis, D. López-Carr.  2015. 
"Exploring HIV prevalence estimates using fine-scale population estimates: Evidence from three Tanzanian districts. Plurimondi."
An International Forum for Research and Debate on Human Settlements. Vol 7, No 15: Special Issue: Proceedings of The XIX European Colloquium in Theoretical and Quantitative Geography (ECTQG2015) (Article pre-print). Vol 7, No 15: 1-8.
Yang, Qingsheng , Kevin M. Mwenda, Miao Ge.
"Incorporating geographical factors with artificial neural networks to predict reference values of erythrocyte sedimentation rate."
International Journal of HealthGeographics. 2013.
Shi, X, Miller, S.D., Mwenda, K.M., Onda, A., Rees, J.R., Onega, T.L., Gui, J., Karagas, M.R., Demidenko, E., and  Moeschler, J.B.
"Mapping Disease at an Approximated Individual Level Using Aggregate Data: A Case Study of Mapping New Hampshire Birth Defects."
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10: 4161-4174. 2013.