About Adomako Ampofo

Recent Publications

“Re-viewing Studies on Africa, #Black Lives Matter, and Envisioning the Future of African Studies”

African Studies Review (59)2: 7-27. (2016)

“Mɛ san aba: The Africa We Want and an African-centered Approach to Knowledge Production”

Markus Schulz (Ed.) Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, edited by Markus Schulz, London: Sage (2019).

Co-edited, with Cheryl Rodriguez and Dzodzi Tsikata Transatlantic Feminisms: Women’s and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora.

Lanham, MD, Lexington Books (2015)

Adomako Ampofo is Professor of African and Gender Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (UG). In 2005 she became the foundation Director of the University of Ghana’s Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy, and from 2010-2015 she was the Director of the Institute of African Studies. Adomako Ampofo is President of the African Studies Association of Africa; an honorary Professor at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Birmingham; and a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the immediate past Dean of International Programmes at the University of Ghana.

Adomako Ampofo considers herself an activist scholar, and at the heart of her work are questions of identity and power—within families, institutions, political and religious spaces, and the knowledge industry. Her areas of interest include African Knowledge systems; Higher education; Race and Identity Politics; Gender relations; Masculinities; and Popular Culture. In her current work on black masculinities, she explores the shifting nature of identities among young men in Africa and the diaspora. Earlier work on masculinities has explored the ways in which the discourse of “men of God” (i.e religious leaders) becomes a meta knowledge and (re)defines femininity.

She is Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary Journal of African Studies and Co-Editor, Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog.

Adomako Ampofo is on the board of several organisations including the U.S African Studies Association; The “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth; The Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria; the Institute for Humanities in Africa, HUMA, at the University of Cape Town; the Perivoli Africa Research Centre at the University of Bristol; and she serves as the Chairperson of a Ghanaian youth-led organization, ExLA, who have successfully hosted three Young African Women Congresses. She is a member of The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA); the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT), and the Ghana Domestic Violence Coalition.

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 2014 she was a Mellon Fellow at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town; 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 the University of Cambridge.

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