Navin Kumar is currently a PhD student at the Yale University Sociology Department. He has studied contributions within a behavioral experiment in gonorrhea and chlamydia testing among gay and bisexual men in China, to propose that sexual history taken in routine health screening can be used to identify targets for behavioral interventions. 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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Kumar, N. (2015). SpringerBriefs in Finance: Chronic Regulatory Focus and Financial Decision-making: Asset and Portfolio Allocation. Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media.


Kumar, N., & Grov, C. (Forthcoming). Exploring the Occupational Context of Independent Male Escorts Who Seek Male Clients: The Case of Job Success. American Journal of Men’s Health.

Kumar, N., Scott, J., & Minichiello, V. (2017). Masculinity and the Occupational Experience of Male Independent Escorts Who Seek Male Clients. Social Sciences, 6(2), 58.

Grov, C., & Kumar, N. (Forthcoming). HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is Coming to Europe, but are Gay Men Ready to Accept it? Qualitative Findings from Berlin, Germany. Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

Kumar, N., Minichiello, V., Scott, J., & Harrington, T. (Forthcoming). A Global Overview of Male Escort Websites. Journal of Homosexuality.

Kumar, N., & Lee, C. K. C. (2014). Regulatory Focus and Workplace Behaviour: Organisational Citizenship Behaviour, Workplace Deviance and the Moderating Role of Gender. Journal of General Management, 39(4), 27–53.

Book Chapters

Kumar, N. (Forthcoming). Methods of Male Sex Work Research: Recommendations and Future Research Opportunities. In M. Deflem & D. Silva (Eds.), Methods of Criminology and Criminal Justice Research (Vol. 24). Emerald.

Public Writing

Kumar, N. (2018). How the Cannabis Industry Illuminates Changing Political Dynamics Between Private and Public Interests. Scholars Strategy Network. Retrieved from


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