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. Her areas of interest 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 http://www.as-aa.org/index.php/officers; Editor, Contemporary Journal of African Studies; Co-Editor, Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog, www.cihablog.com and Co-Editor, African Studies Review. She is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Her recent publications include:
“Mɛ san aba: The Africa We Want and an African-centered Approach to Knowledge Production” In Markus Schulz (Ed.) Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, edited by Markus Schulz London: Sage (2019).
“Expressions of Masculinity and Femininity in Husbands’ Care of Wives with Cancer in Accra” African Studies Review (59)1: 175-197 (With Deborah Atobrah, 2016).
Transatlantic Feminisms: Women’s and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora. Lanham, MD, Lexington Books (With Cheryl Rodriguez and Dzodzi Tsikata (Eds.). 2015).
Adomako Ampofo’s work has been variously recognized: 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; and in 2019 she delivered the Audrey Richards Distinguished Public Lecture at the Centre for African Studies at University of Cambridge.
Follow her on twitter@adomakoampofo.