Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Akosua Adomako Ampofo is a Professor of African Studies at University of Ghana. She is the founding Head of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy, CEGENSA, (2005-2009); the Director of the Institute of African Studies (2010-2015), and has served on numerous statutory boards and committees and is a member of various continental and international editorial boards, professional and civil society associations.

She a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences; the President of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA, www.as-aa.org); Co-President of the Research Committee on Women and Society of the International Sociological Association; Co-Editor, Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog (www.cihablog.com) and an honourary member of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa. In 2010 she was awarded the Feminist Activism Award by Sociologists for Women and Society; and in 2015 she delivered the African Studies Review Distinguished lecture at the African Studies Association’s meetings held in San Diego..

Her teaching, research and activism address issues of African Knowledge systems; Higher education; Identity Politics; Gender relations; and Popular Culture. Recent publications include: “Re-viewing Studies on Africa, #Black Lives Matter, and Envisioning the Future of African Studies” African Studies Review (59)2: 7-27 (2016). With Deborah Atobrah, “Expressions of Masculinity and Femininity in Husbands’ Care of Wives with Cancer in Accra” African Studies Review (59)1: 175-197 (2016). With Cheryl Rodriguez and Dzodzi Tsikata she co-edited the 2015 volume, Transatlantic Feminisms: Women’s and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora. Lanham, MD, Lexington Books (2015).