Navin Kumar is currently a PhD candidate at the Yale University Sociology Department. He has used altruism to increase uptake of gonorrhea and chlamydia testing among gay and bisexual men in China. He also seeks to understand how social networks affect treatment retention and patient engagement among people receiving treatment for opioid use disorder, to better tailor services for people at higher risk of treatment failure. He is currently exploring the views of major organizations in the US legal cannabis space, to craft better cannabis policy. In the longer term, he aims to provide policy-relevant and research-driven solutions, for a range of industries and spaces.

Read about his study on sexually transmitted infections, and research on the US legal cannabis industry.

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Original Research

  1. Kumar N, Puljević C, Heimer R. Understanding motivations for large US cannabis firms’ participation in the cannabis space: Qualitative study exploring views of key decision‐makers. Drug Alcohol Rev. February 2020:dar.13040. doi:10.1111/dar.13040
  2. Zhang TP, Yang F, Tang W, Alexander M, Forastiere L, Kumar N, Li K, Zou F, Yang L, Mi G, Wang Y, Huang W, Lee A, Zhu W, Vickerman P, Wu D, Yang B, Christakis NA, Tucker JD. Pay-It-Forward Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Testing among Men who have Sex with Men in China: A Study Protocol for a Three-Arm Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Infect Dis Poverty. 2019;8(1):76. doi:10.1186/S40249-019-0581-1
  3. Kumar N, Puljević C, Ferris J, Winstock A, Barratt MJ. Cannabis Use Patterns at the Dawn of US Cannabis Reform. J Cannabis Res. 2019;1(1):5. doi:1186/s42238-019-0003-z
  4. Grov C, Kumar N. HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Is Coming to Europe, but Are Gay Men Ready to Accept It? Qualitative Findings from Berlin, Germany. Sex Res Soc Policy. 2018;15(3):283-289. doi:10.1007/s13178-017-0278-9
  5. Kumar N, Grov C. Exploring the Occupational Context of Independent Male Escorts Who Seek Male Clients: The Case of Job Success. Am J Mens Health. December 2017:1557988317746836. doi:10.1177/1557988317746836
  6. Kumar N, Scott J, Minichiello V. Masculinity and the Occupational Experience of Male Independent Escorts Who Seek Male Clients. Soc Sci. 2017;6(2):58. doi:10.3390/socsci6020058
  7. Kumar N, Minichiello V, Scott J, Harrington T. A Global Overview of Male Escort Websites. J Homosex. November 2016:1-14. doi:10.1080/00918369.2016.1265356
  8. Kumar N, Lee CKC. Regulatory Focus and Workplace Behaviour: Organisational Citizenship Behaviour, Workplace Deviance and the Moderating Role of Gender. J Gen Manag. 2014;39(4):27-53.

Book Chapters, Monographs

  1. Kumar N. Conducting Semi-Structured Interviews with Key Decision-Makers at Large Federally Illegal Cannabis Organizations. In: SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine and Health. 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1SP United Kingdom: SAGE Publications Ltd; 2020. doi:10.4135/9781529711257
  2. Kumar N. Methods of Male Sex Work Research: Recommendations and Future Research Opportunities. In: Deflem M, Silva DMD, eds. Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance. Emerald Publishing Limited; 2019:85-99. doi:1108/S1521-613620190000024009
  3. Kumar N. SpringerBriefs in Finance: Chronic Regulatory Focus and Financial Decision-Making: Asset and Portfolio Allocation. Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media; 2015.

Media Releases

  1. Kumar N. How the Cannabis Industry Illuminates Changing Political Dynamics Between Private and Public Interests. Scholars Strategy Network; 2018.


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