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					                              CURRICULUM VITAE
                           BLESSING UCHENNA MBERU
                            Blessing_Mberu@brown.edu;


Adress
Population Studies and Training Center and
Department of Sociology
Brown University
Providence RI02912
Phone: 401-331-2749


Education
Ph.D in Sociology, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA, (In View, Dec, 2007).
MA in Sociology, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA, May 2004.
M.Sc. in Sociology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Decemeber 1990.
B.Sc (Hons.) in Sociology, Imo State University, Okigwe, Nigeria, August 1987.

Research Interest
Migration, Urbanization, Adolescent Reproductive Behavior, and Poverty in sub-Saharan
Africa.

Books
        •   Mberu, B.U. 1999. Infrastructural Sociology.
                             Enugu, Nigeria : John Jacobs Classic Publishers Ltd.
        •   Mberu, B.U. 1999. Social Structures and Institutions:
                     Nuclear Themes in Sociology.
                     Abakaliki, Nigeria : Willyrose and Appleseed Publishing Company.

Recent Peer Review Journal Articles
      • Mberu B.U. 2006. Internal Migration and Household Living Conditions in
                    Ethiopia. Demographic Research, 14(21): 509-540.
      • Mberu, B.U. 2006. Who Moves and Who Stays? Rural Out-Migration in
                    Nigeria. Journal of Population Research, 22 (2): 141-161.
      • Mberu, B.U. 2007. Household Structure and Living Conditions in Nigeria.
                    Journal of Marriage and the Family, 69 (May 2007): 513–527

Work in Progress
       • Mberu, B.U., Migration Circulation and Rural Development in Sub-Saharan
          Africa: The Case for a Multi-Factor Study Framework. (Under review).
      • White, M.J., Mberu, B. U. and Collinson, M.A., African Urbanization:
          Recent Trends and Implications. Book chapter prepared for Cities,
          Poverty and Environment: Addressing the Future Now. (UNFPA/IIED
          Book Project).
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      •   Mberu, B. U. and Pongou, R., Ethnic Identity and Human Capital
          Accumulation: Educational Attainment among Nigerian Youths (Under
          review).
      •   Mberu, B. U., Terraza, A.M. and Pongou, R., Nigeria Migration Profile:
          Shaped by political evolution and divergent regional economies. Washington
          DC: Migration Policy Institute (Forthcoming).
      •   Mberu, B. U., Pongou, R., and Terraza, A.M., Migration Dynamics in
          Cameroon: Past Present Future. (On-going).


Book Chapters
      • Mberu, B.U. 1995. Effective Planning and Execution of Population Health
                  Programmes: Issues Relating to Community Participation in
                  Nigeria. In A.Anyanwu (ed.), Enabling Environment for Economic
                  Growth. Benin, Nigeria: Barloz Publishers Inc.
      • Mberu, B.U. 1996. The Problem of Accountability in Contemporary
                  Nigeria. In C. Nwahunanya (ed.), Higher Perspectives on
                  CitizenshipEducation. Owerri, Nigeria: Springfield Publishers.
       • Mberu, B.U. 1998. The Development of Science and Technology in the
                       Third World: A Sociological Perspective. In A. Ebeogu and
                      U. Nwokocha (eds.), Issues in Humanities and Social Sciences.
                      Okigwe, Nigeria: Fasmen Communications.
       • Mberu, B.U. 2001. Religion and Citizenship Education in Nigeria. In
                       O. Okereke (ed.), Readings in Citizenship Education. Okigwe,
                          Nigeria: Whythem Publishers, Nigeria.
      •   Mberu, B.U. 2001. The Causes and Social Effects of Drug and Alcohol
                  Abuse. In D.Njoku (ed.), Readings in Citizenship Education 11.
                  Enugu, Nigeria: John Jacobs Classic Publishers Ltd.


Working Papers
     • Mberu, B.U. 2005. Internal Migration and Household Living Conditions in
                 Ethiopia. African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi,
                 Kenya, Working Paper No 31.
     • Mberu, B.U., F. Nduka, and B.E.B. Nwoke.1998. Community Participation
                in Onchocerciasis Control Programme in the Imo River Basin of
                 Nigeria. L’Institut de Formation et de Recherche Demographiques,
                 Universite de Yaounde. Les Cahiers de l’IFORD No 21.
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Theses and Dissertation

      •  Mberu, B.U. Internal Migration and Adolescent Premarital Reproductive
                   Behavior in Nigeria (Ongoing PhD Dissertation, Brown
                   University).
      • Mberu, B.U. 2004. Rural Out-Migration and Migrants’ Destination in Nigeria
                   (thesis submitted to the Dept. of Sociology, Brown University for
                   the award of M.A. degree in Sociology, 2004).
      • Mberu, B.U. 1990. Fertility Levels and Family Planning in Rural Nigeria: A
                   Study of Akokwa Community, Imo State Nigeria (thesis submitted
                   to the Dept. of Sociology, University of Ibadan for the award of
                   M.Sc. degree in Sociology (funded by CODESRIA, Dakar,
                   Senegal).
       • Mberu, B.U. 1987. The Effects of Increases in School Fees on Primary
                  School Enrolment: A Case Study of Akokwa Community,
                  Imo State, Nigeria (thesis submitted to the Dept. of Sociology, Imo
                  State University, for the award of B.Sc. degree in Sociology).


Presentations in Professional Meetings

      •   Mberu, B.U. 1995. Effective Planning and Execution of Population Health
                    Programmes: Issues Relating to Community Participation in
                    Nigeria. (Paper presented at Enabling Environment for National
                    Growth Conference, Abia State University, Uturu, 1994).
      •   Mberu, B.U. 2006. Predictors of Premarital Sexual Initiation among
                    adolescents in Nigeria. (Poster presented at the 2006 Annual
                    Meeting of the Population Association of America, Los Angeles,
                    CA).
      •   Zulu, E. M., A. Konseiga, E. Darteh, and B. U. Mberu. 2006. Migration and
                    Urbanization of Poverty in sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of
                    Nairobi City, Kenya. (Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting
                    of the Population Association of America, Los Angeles, CA).
      •    Mberu, B.U and Pongou, R. 2007. Ethnic Identity and Human Capital
                    Accumulation: Educational Attainment among Nigerian Youths.
                    (Paper presented at the 5th Wits-Brown-Colorado-APHRC
                    Colloquium on Emerging Population Issues, Brown University
                    March 24-26, 2007)
      •   Mberu, B. U. and Pongou, R. 2007. Ethnic Identity and Human Capital
                    Accumulation: Educational Attainment among Nigerian Youths
                    (Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Population
                    Association of America, New York, March, 2007)
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Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Projects

       •  Nwoke, B.E.B., B. U. Mberu, O. Oha, I.N.S. Dozie and C.N. Ukaga. 1999.
                   Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis in the rainforest of
                   southeastern Nigeria: Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of
                   Endemic Communities. WHO/ TDR/ ID: 931087. Geneva: WHO.
       • Nwoke, B.E.B., B. U. Mberu, O. Oha, I.N.S. Dozie and C.N. Ukaga. 1999.
                   Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis in the rainforest of
                   southeastern Nigeria: the Social Effects of Genital Complications
                   among Women. WHO/ TDR/ ID: 931087. Geneva: WHO.
        • Nwoke, B.E.B., B. U. Mberu, O. Oha, I.N.S. Dozie and C.N. Ukaga. 1999.
                   Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis in the rainforest of
                   southeastern Nigeria:Clinical and Parasitological Studies. WHO/
                   TDR/ ID: 931087. Geneva: WHO.

Work Experience
  • Research Intern, African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya,
     September 2004 –June, 2005.
  • Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Abia State University, 1999- 2002.
  • Lecturer 1 in Sociology, Abia State University, 1996-1999.
  • Lecturer 11 in Sociology, Abia State University, 1993-1996.
  • Assistant Lecturer in Sociology, Abia State University, 1991- 1993.
  • Graduate Assistant, Imo State University (Now Abia State University, Uturu)
     August, 1988 - December, 1989.

Grants and Awards
   1) Compton Fellowship, 2007.
   2) Ford Foundation Fellowship, 2006.
   3) Compton Fellowship, 2006.
   4) Poster Award Winner, Population Association of America, 2006.
   5) Mellon Foundation Africa Grant, 2003-2004.
   6) Mellon Foundation Africa Grant, 2002-2003.
   7) WHO/L’Institut De Formation Et De Recherche Demographiques, Universitie du
       Yaounde Onchocerciasis Research Grant, 1994.
   8) Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa
       (CODESRIA) Small Grant for Thesis Writing, 1990.
   9) Deans prize for Sociology, Imo State University, Okigwe, Nigeria, 1987.
   10) School of Social Sciences prize for Sociology, Imo State University, Okigwe,
       Nigeria, 1987.

Service to Peer-review Journals
       1) Manuscript Reviewer for Journal of Marriage and Family, 2006.

Computer Skills
     • Microsoft Office Programs, STATA, SPSS.
                                 Referees
•   Professor Michael J. White
    Population Studies and Training Center and
    Department of Sociology
    Brown University, Providence.
    Michael_White@brown.edu

•   Professor Daniel Jordan Smith
    Population Studies and Training Center and
    Department of Anthropology
    Brown University, Providence
    Daniel_J_Smith@brown.edu

•   Professor Uche Isiugo-Abanihe
    Department of Sociology
    University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
    ucheabanihe@yahoo.com