Navin Kumar

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MPhil Yale University, Sociology, 2019
Areas of Interest: 
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; HIV/AIDS; Sexual Health; Crime; Law, and Deviance; Medical Sociology; Sex and Gender; Sexualities

Navin Kumar is currently a PhD student 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.


Original Research

Kumar N, Puljević C, Ferris J, Winstock A, Barratt MJ. The Intersection between Spliff Usage, Tobacco Smoking, and Having the First Joint after Waking. Sci Rep. Forthcoming.


Zhang TP, Yang F, Ong J, 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 Randomized Controlled Trial. Lancet Infect Dis. Forthcoming.


Li K, Huang W, Tang W, Wu F, Zhao Y, Wu D, Yang F, Zhang TP, Forastiere L, Alexander M, Kumar N, Zou F, Tucker JD. A Mixed Methods Analysis of a Pay-it-forward Gonorrhea/Chlamydia Testing Program among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China. Sex Transm Infect. Forthcoming.

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

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

Kumar N, Puljević C, Ferris J, Winstock A, Barratt M. Cannabis Use Patterns at the Dawn of US Cannabis Reform. J Cannabis Res. 2019;1(1):5. doi:10.1186/s42238-019-0003-z

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Kumar N. SpringerBriefs in Finance: Chronic Regulatory Focus and Financial Decision-Making: Asset and Portfolio Allocation. Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media; 2015.

Media Releases

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