Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Akosua Adomako Ampofo is a Professor of African and Gender Studies at the Institute of African Studies, and the Ag. Dean, International Programmes at the University of Ghana (UG). From 2010-2015 she was the Director of the Institute of African Studies (UG) and was also the foundation Director of UG’s Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy.

Adomako Ampofo received her BSc in Architecture and MSc in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (Ghana); a PG Diploma in Spatial Planning from the University of Dortmund (Germany); and her PhD in Sociology from Vanderbilt University (US). Her research interests include African Knowledge systems; Higher education; Identity Politics; Gender relations; Masculinities; and Popular Culture. Adomako Ampofo is the President of the African Studies Association of Africa; Immediate past Co-President of the Research Committee on Women and Society of the International Sociological Association; Editor, Contemporary Journal of African Studies; Co-Editor, Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog She is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an honorary Professor of the Centre for African Studies at the University of Birmingham.


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Dr. Toussaint KAFARHIRE MURHULA“I started teaching high school when I was only 19. I have ever since enjoyed this noble profession of accompanying others in their quest for knowledge. Teaching has allowed me to not only witness the most wonderful transformation that occurs in my students but also see to it that their expectations are met. I remember the first time I watched Dead Poet Society, a movie I instantly loved! I’ve used it several times when with my high school students to warn them about the inevitable clash between the stability of traditions and the disruption that the freedom to learn can provoke. The movie entails an idealism that challenges to listen to one’s unique voice, touch base with one’s deepest desires, and become critical of every given/received truth. The question is how to preclude these clashes of allegiances?”


Professor Penda BaProfessor Mame-Penda Ba is Associate Lecturer in Political Science at Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis (Senegal). Dr. Ba is currently the Scientific Director of the Master II of Political Science and heads the Laboratory of Analysis of Societies and Powers / Africa-Diasporas (LASPAD). She is also co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Inequalities and Vulnerabilities in Senegal (GRIV). Dr. Ba is responsible for the establishment of the Institute of Political Studies of the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis (UGB). Her fields of research include public policy analysis, gender studies, political sociology of religion, and sociogenesis and state dynamics in Africa.




Dr. AtobrahDeborah Atobrah is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. She holds a PhD in African Studies from the University of Ghana, and had participated in doctoral schools on Global Poverty and Development (2008) and Global Health Challenges (2010) at the University of Bergen, Norway. She was a resident at the Bellagio Center in 2012, and in 2015/16 academic year, she was a Takemi Fellow at the Department of Global Health, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.




Edwin Asa Adjei is a PhD candidate at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He is also an editorial assistant with the Critical Investigations into Humanitarian Aid (CIHA) blog. He is the executive assistant for the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA).






emmanuel ekow arthur entsiwahEmmanuel Ekow Arthur-Entsiwah is an ICT professional with 10+ years of experience in the provision of ICT support including but not limited to website development, database administration, Office application management, Graphic Design, computer hardware and software support and networking. His academic interest is in the area of E-learnining and Educational Technology. He supports the University of Ghana E-Learning team with training and instructional design. He is a volunteer at ASAA tasked to provide ICT support for the ASAA, including the design and maintainenance of ASAA’s website.






Etettey tamakloElom Tettey-Tamaklo is a recent political science graduate from Haverford College, USA. Elom’s undergraduate studies focused on democracy in developing nations, conflict, and post-conflict reconstruction. A lover of music, arts, and theatre, his 100-page senior thesis focused on Fela Kuti’s music as a site of political rebellion against the post-colonial Nigerian state. A multi-industry professional, Elom has worked with various organizations that seek to promote democracy and development. His time spent working in Palestine has given him a broader perspective on the Israeli occupation of Palestine which has led to an exploration of settler colonialism in the Global South and the uniqueness of the Afro-Palestinian community in the occupied West Bank. Elom is a semi-finalist of the prestigious Fulbright Award, the Haverford Class of 2019 commencement speaker, and the national best debater of the Rotary Club of Ghana. Elom is excited to work with the African Studies Association of Africa as it offers him the opportunity to contribute to the work of reshaping the academic discourse about Africa by Africans.

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