Lena Kroeker holds an M.A. in Historical Anthropology, African Linguistics and Sociology from Frankfurt University and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS). Currently she is a research fellow at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies at the University of Bayreuth in the sub-project 3 on the Rise of the Kenyan Middle Class. Her research project looks into education and career, generational change, housing, social security arrangements and the norms and values middle class people live by. The current research is situated in Kisumu and Nairobi.

Previous research activities included the care for HIV-positive pregnant women in Lesotho and the experience of rejection of people living with HIV in Mali.


Kroeker, Lena. (2015) In between Life and Death – Decision-making of HIV+ Mothers in Lesotho. Münster u.a.: LIT-Verlag.

Kroeker, Lena. 2014: Kenya’s emerging middle class(es), European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), Bonn. Online Source.

Kroeker, Lena. 2014: Meidung als Alltagshandlung in langfristigen Abhängigkeitsbeziehungen – Schwangere Frauen mit HIV/AIDS und ihre Kommunikation in asymmetrischen Machtverhältnissen, Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 139 (2014), S. 179-198.


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