In most of Mojola’s projects, she is interested in the stories numbers about health tell her about how a society is organized. She tends to start with demographic trends or puzzles, and then uses qualitative data to unpack the social processes and mechanisms producing those trends, sometimes going back and forth between survey and qualitative data to unpack the story.  Her past and ongoing work has primarily focused on the HIV/AIDS pandemic as it unfolds in various settings such as Kenya, South Africa and the United States.

Recent Publications (student co-authors italicized):

Mojola, Sanyu A, Nicole Angotti, Enid Schatz and Brian Houle 2021. “A Nowadays Disease”: HIV/AIDS and Social Change in a rural South African community. American Journal of Sociology, November 2021. 127(3), Forthcoming

Andrus, Emily, Sanyu A. Mojola, Beth Moran, Marisa Eisenberg, Jon Zelner. 2021. Has the relationship between wealth and HIV risk in Sub-Saharan Africa changed over time? A temporal, gendered and hierarchical analysis. Social Science and Medicine – Population Health,

Schatz, Enid, David Ifeolu, Nicole Angotti, F. Xavier Gomez-Olive, and Sanyu A. Mojola – 2021. From “Secret” to “Sensitive issue”: Shifting ideas about HIV disclosure among older rural South Africans in the era of antiretroviral treatment. Journal of Aging and Health,

Mojola, Sanyu A, Nicole Angotti, Danielle Denardo, Enid Schatz and F. Xavier Gómez-Olivé 2020. The End of AIDS?  HIV and the New Landscape of Illness in Rural South Africa. Global Public Health.


Gómez-Olivé F. Xavier, Brian Houle, Molly S. Rosenberg, Chodziwadziwa Kabudula, Sanyu A. Mojola, Julia K.Rohr, Samuel J. Clark, Nicole Angotti, Enid Schatz, Kathleen Kahn, Till Bärnighausen, Jane Menken. 2020. HIV Incidence among Older Adults in a Rural South African Setting: 2010-2015, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 


Nutor, Jerry John, Jaime C.Slaughter-Acey, Patience A.Afulani, Moses M.Obimbo and Sanyu A. Mojola. 2020 – The Relationship between Counseling and Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy among Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women enrolled in Option B+, AIDS Education and Prevention 32(5):378-391.


Houle, Brian, Shao-Tzu Yu, Nicole Angotti, Enid Schatz, Chodziwadziwa W Kabudula, Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Samuel J. Clark, Jane Menken and Sanyu A. Mojola. 2020. Clusters of HIV Risk and Protective Sexual Behaviors in Agincourt, Rural South Africa: Findings from the Ha Nakekela Population-Based Study of Ages 15 and Older Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49(6): 2057-2068 (


Schatz, Enid, Lucia Knight, Robert Belli and Sanyu A. Mojola. 2020. Assessing the feasibility of a life history calendar to measure HIV risk and health in older South Africans. PLoS ONE 15(1): e0226024. (


Mojola, Sanyu A. and Nicole Angotti [joint first author]. 2019. “Sometimes it is not about men”: Gendered and Generational Discourses of Caregiving HIV transmission in a rural South African community. Global Public Health. 


Mojola, Sanyu A. and Joyce Wamoyi 2019. Contextual drivers of HIV risk among young African women  - Journal of the International AIDS Society. 22 (2019): e25302. (


Schatz, Enid, Brian Houle, Sanyu A. Mojola, Nicole Angotti, Jill Williams – 2019. How to “live a good life”: Aging and HIV testing in rural South Africa.  Journal of Aging and Health   31(4): 709-732.