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Dr Moshi Optat Herman

Teaching Fellow in Global Health

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Office: King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships, Suite 2.13 Weston Education Centre, Cutcombe Road, London SE5 9RJ



Dr Moshi Optat Herman is a Teaching Fellow in Global Health at King’s Centre for Global Health & Health Partnerships. Moshi is also a Senior Research Scientist at the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania, his country of origin. He completed his BA in Economics (Hons) at Middlebury College (VT, USA) and MA and PhD in Sociology at Brown University (RI, USA) specializing in the subfields of Demography and Political Economy of Development. Moshi was previously a Fellow in Demography at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on connections between political-economic transitions and long-term demographic trends with an emphasis on population health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond Africa, Moshi reads about health systems, particularly on how they mitigate durable inequalities in health. He also has a growing research interest centred at the nexus of conflict, migration and health. His research is mostly statistical using both micro nationally-representative cross-sectional data, such as Demographic and Health Surveys, and aggregate country-level time series data. He has also worked with longitudinal data as a researcher with the Jimma (Ethiopia) Longitudinal Family Survey of Youth.

At King’s, Moshi leads the iBSc in Global Health course. In terms of teaching, he co-leads International Development & Health, Health Systems & Policy and Research Methodology modules. Previously, both in the United States and in the United Kingdom, he has led the following courses: Introductory Statistics, Quantitative Data Analysis, Demographic Methods, Migration: Population Trends & Policy, Global Health & Health Inequalities and Political Economy of African Development.


Recent international conference presentations and under review:

Moshi O. Herman.  2015. “Political institutions and population health: Democratization and cross-country differences in infant mortality decline in Africa, 1980-2010.” Paper presented at the Population Association of America (PAA) annual meetings, San Diego, CA.

Moshi O. Herman. 2016.Youth Bulges and Typologies of Social Conflict in Africa. Paper presented at the Population Association of America (PAA) annual meetings, Washington, DC.

Moshi O. Herman. 2016.The effect of early educational aspirations and wellbeing on later educational attainment.” Paper presented at a dissemination conference: Pathways to advancing adolescents well-being: Research results from the Jimma Longitudinal Family Survey of Youth (JLFSY), Ethiopia, Brown University, Providence, RI.


Selected publications:

Moshi O Herman. 2014. “Political-economic Transitions and the Changing Context of Maternal Health Access in Tanzania: Evidence from Existing DHS Data.” African Population Studies 28(2):1072 – 1087.

Moshi O.  Herman. 2011. “Neoliberal Democratization and Public Health Inequalities in sub-Saharan Africa: A Proposed Conceptual and Empirical Design” in International Handbook of Rural Demography. László J. Kulczár and Katherine J. Curtis (Eds).  International Handbook of Population, Vol. 3. Springer.

Moshi O. Herman, Dennis Hogan, Tefera Belachew, Fasil Tessema, Abebe Gebremariam, and David Lindstrom. 2010. “Better Educated Youth as a Vanguard of Social Change? Adolescent Transitions to Later Marriage and Lower Fertility in Southwest Ethiopia” in Demographic Transition and Development in Africa: the Unique Case of Ethiopia. Teller, Charles; Hailemariam, Assefa (Eds). Springer.



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