Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Professor
University of Ghana

Akosua Adomako Ampofo is professor of African and gender studies at the University of Ghana, and President of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA). Formerly, she was the foundation director of the University of Ghana’s Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy and later director of the Institute of African Studies. At the heart of Adomako Ampofo’s work are questions of identity and power—within families, institutions, political and religious spaces, and the knowledge industry—including the significance of gender, class, and race. Her work has been recognized by Sociologists for Women and Society and the African Studies Association (ASA), among others. Adomako Ampofo is a member of various professional associations including ASAA, ASA, International Sociological Association, CODESRIA, Ghana Studies Association, and serves on various boards including the Social Sciences Research Council's Next Generation Program. She is editor-in-chief of the Contemporary Journal of African Studies, co-editor of the Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog, and the African Studies Review. Adomako Ampofo is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds a BS in architecture and an MS in development planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, a PG Diploma in spatial planning from the University of Dortmund, Germany, and a PhD in sociology from Vanderbilt University.