Dr. Kevin M. Mwenda

Dr. Kevin Mwenda is an avid Geographic Information Scientist (GIScientist) with a broad interdisciplinary academic & work experience encompassing Environmental Studies & Engineering Sciences, Bio & Geo[Spatial] Statistics, basically Spatial Data Science writ large. Dr. Mwenda obtained his Ph.D. in Geographic Information Science & Cartography from the Geography Department, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Dr. Mwenda’s primary research focuses on modelling and analyzing spatial distribution of health outcomes such as infectious disease and undernutrition among vulnerable populations around the world, and how these patterns are influenced by various environmental, climatic and socioeconomic factors. Dr. Mwenda is currently the Associate Director of Spatial Sciences in the Social Sciences (S4) & Assistant Professor of Population Studies (Research) at the Population Studies & Training Center (PSTC) at Brown University.

Research Interests

  • Applied (Geo)Spatial Statistics
  • Geographic Information Science (GIScience)
  • Machine Learning
  • Public Health
  • Spatial Data Science
  • Spatial Demography
  • Spatial Epidemiology


Ph.D., Geographic Information Science & Cartography, University of California, Santa Barbara (2018)

M.A., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara (2014)

B.A. (Honors), Environmental Studies; minor in Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College (2010)

Employment History

Associate Director, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Brown University (2018 – Present)

Assistant Professor, Population Studies (Research), Brown University (2018 – Present)

Lab Manager, Broom Center for Demography, UCSB (2014 – 2018)

GIS/Spatial Analysis Specialist, Dartmouth College (2010 – 2012)

Research Assistant, Computational Genetics Lab, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (2007 – 2010)