Akosua Adomako Ampofo is a Professor of African and Gender Studies at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana (UG). She received her BSc in Architecture and MSc in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; a PG Diploma in Spatial Planning from the University of Dortmund; and her PhD in Sociology from Vanderbilt University. Her areas of specialisation cover 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 http://www.as-aa.org/index.php/officers; Immediate past Co-President of the
Research Committee on Women and Society of the International Sociological Association https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/research-networks/research-committees/ rc32-women-in-society/; Editor, Contemporary Journal of African Studies; Co-Editor, Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog, www.cihablog.com. Co-Editor, African Studies Review; She is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. 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.
A few of her recent publications include:
(With Nana Akua Anyidoho) 2017. “Informalising the formal: The conditions of female agency workers in Ghana’s banking sector” Contemporary Journal of African Studies 4(2):67-92.
Adomako Ampofo, Akosua. 2016. “Re-viewing Studies on Africa, #Black Lives Matter, and Envisioning the Future of African Studies” African Studies Review (59)2: 7-27.
(With Deborah Atobrah) 2016. “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 (Eds.). 2015. Transatlantic Feminisms: Women’s and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora. Lanham, MD, Lexington Books.
Professor Adomako Ampofo has an eclectic mix of academic and civic engagements. At the University of Ghana where she has taught since 1989, she has been a two-time elected member of the Council. She is a member of numerous national and international associations, CSOs and boards including the Ghana Domestic Violence Coalition; the Network for Women’s rights in Ghana; the Council for Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA); the (US) African Studies Association. She has consulted for several organisations including UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNAIDS, Save the Children, Ministry for Gender & Social Protection, Ghana; Participatory Development Associates and Free the Slaves;Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre; Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre; The Ark Foundation; Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE); WHO.
Professor Adomako Ampofo’s work has been variously recognized; She has been a Junior Fulbright Scholar; a New Century Fulbright Scholar and a Senior Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence. She has been a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio centre. In 2010 she was awarded the Feminist Activism Award by Sociologists for Women and Society, SWS; In 2015, she was the African Studies Association (of America’s) African Studies Review Distinguished lecturer. The ensuing article was published in the journal of as follows: “Re-viewing Studies on Africa, #Black Lives Matter, and Envisioning the Future of African Studies” African Studies Review (59)2: 7-27 (2016).
As a public intellectual Professor Adomako Ampofo is frequently invited as a speaker on University campuses and other critical sites around the world. Follow her on twitter@adomakoampofo.