About Adomako Ampofo

Selected Publications

Adomako Ampofo, Akosua. 2021 “Young African Men’s Reflections on Negotiating Sexual Intimacy”

In Gabriela M. Torres and Kersti Yllö. (Eds.) Sexual Violence in Intimacy: Implications for Research and Policy in Global Health. Philadelphia: Routledge, 25-43.

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.

Adomako Ampofo, Akosua and Michael PK Okyerefo. 2014. “Neo-popular Femininity Dis-course in God’s name: Ambivalent Masculinity Rhetoric”

in Stephen Acheampong (Ed.), Af-rican Knowledge Studies and Knowledge Production. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers, 125-144.

Adomako Ampofo, Akosua and Signe Arnfred (Eds.). 2009. African Feminist Research and Activism - Tensions, Challenges and Possibilities.

Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute.

Adomako Ampofo is Professor of African and Gender Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (UG).  She describes herself as an activist scholar, and her work is informed by her faith, questions of identity and power, and a commitment to social justice.  Her areas of interest include

African Knowledge systems; Higher education; Race and Identity Politics; Gender relations; Masculinities; and Popular Culture. She holds a BSc in Architectural Design and an MSc in Development Planning (KNUST, Kumasi), a PG Dip in Spatial Planning (Univ. of Dortmund), and a PhD in Sociology (Vanderbilt).

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 the founding vice-president and immediate past 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. Her most recent book, co-edited with Josephine Beoku-Betts, is titled Producing Inclusive Feminist Knowledge: Positionalities and Discourses in the Global South (Bingley: Emerald Publishing 2021). She co-produced the documentary When Women Speak with Kate Skinner (and directed by Aseye Tamakloe, 2022) as part of a project titled, an “Archive of Activism: Gender and Public History in Postcolonial Ghana”. The project seeks to create a publicly accessible archive of gender activism and “political women”.

Adomako Ampofo is Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary Journal of African Studies; Co-Editor, Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) blog, and serves or has served on the boards of organisations such as the U.S African Studies Association; The Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria; “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth of which she is Chairperson; Perivoli Africa Research Centre, University of Bristol; Institute for Humanities in Africa, HUMA, University of Cape Town; Advisory Council, North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of International Affairs; SOS Herman Gmeiner International College; “Beyond Borders” ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Scholarship Programme; and the Next Generation of the SSRC, among others.  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. She has consulted for several organisations including UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNAIDS, Save the Children, Ministry for Gender & Social Protection, Ghana; Participatory Development Associates; Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre; Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre; and WHO.

Adomako Ampofo’s work has been variously recognized: She has been a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio centre; a Mellon Fellow at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town; a Junior Fulbright Scholar; a New Century Fulbright Scholar and a Senior Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence. 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 the University of Cambridge.  She is the 2023-2024 Wangari Maathai Visiting Professor at the University of Kassel.

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