Kenneth Maes


Kenneth Maes
Member since:
26 Jan, 2014


Kenny Maes is an assistant professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University, and Director of the Applied Anthropology Graduate Program. He is a biocultural medical anthropologist interested in links between health workers, health policy, and health outcomes. He is particularly interested in how helping community health workers achieve greater influence over health policies and the conditions of their own employment may have positive effects on their own well-being and on the health of their communities. He also studies how global health institutions and local communities negotiate the quantity and quality of available community health worker jobs, and on how health workers, policy makers, and communities build solidarity and shared goals. Since 2006, his research has focused on CHWs in Ethiopia. From 2012 to 2016 he was Co-Principal Investigator (with Svea Closser, Middlebury College) on a research project funded by the National Science Foundation, focusing on Ethiopia's rural cadres of paid and unpaid CHWs, known as Health Extension Workers and Women's Development Army leaders, respectively. He is also an active member of the Oregon Community Health Worker Consortium, serving on the Research Team to advance understanding of CHWs and the challenges they face in Oregon, USA. Prior to joining Oregon State University, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University’s Population Studies & Training Center, an interdisciplinary demography center specializing in the study of population, health and development. He is the author of the recent book, The Lives of Community Health Workers: Local Labor and Global Health in Urban Ethiopia (Routledge, 2017).

Role(s) / Profession(s)

  • Academic
  • Researcher


  • Oregon State University

Work Location(s)

  • Ethiopia
  • United States

Population(s) Served

  • Children
  • Immigrant
  • Rural
  • Urban