About GSA

The Ghana Studies Association (GSA) began as the Akan Studies Council (ASC) in 1988. It is a multidisciplinary organization of scholars based in Africa, North America, Europe and Asia whose research focuses on the the West African state of Ghana.

GSA is on facebook (Ghana Studies Association) and on Twitter (@GhanaStudiesASA)


Presidimg_0138ent—Nana Akua Anyidoho

GSA’s current President is Nana Akua Anyidoho, a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Social Division at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana.  She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Ghana and a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University. She brings an interdisciplinary perspective to her research and teaching, with a foundation in developmental psychology and additional training in Developmental Psychology, Social Policy, African Studies, and in quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Her publications are available at www.researchgate.net

Nana Akua can be reached at gsapresident2015@gmail.com


Treasurer—img_0986Kwame Essien

Kwame Essien is an Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies. Essien’s interdisciplinary research focuses on comparative histories of slavery, reverse migrations, race and cultures in Africa and the African Diaspora/Atlantic world. He is the co-author of Culture and Customs of Sudan (2009), co-editor of Pan-Africanism and the Politics of African Citizenship and Identity (2013) and has published other articles in peered reviewed journals. His manuscript, Brazilian-African Diaspora in Ghana: The Tabom, Slavery, Dissonance of Memory, Identity and Locating Home will be published by Michigan State University Press in 2016. His next projects include “Collaborators, Traitors and Opportunists in Ghanaian History: Elmina Chief Kweku Andoh’s Contributions to Colonialism in Ghana”; and the history of Chinese immigrants / expatriates in Ghana.

Dr. Essien was born in Tema, Ghana. He graduated at Accra Polytechnic in 1990. He received his B.A in History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2002, his Master’s degree in African Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2006 and his Ph.D. in African and African Diaspora History at the University of Texas, Austin in 2010. Prior to teaching at Lehigh University, Kwame was an Assistant professor of African and Africana studies at the University of Arkansas, Conway. He was the Derrick Gondwe Fellow at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania from 2009-2011.

Kwame can be reached at members.gsa@gmail.com


 Advisory Board

David Owusu-Ansah (James Madison University)

Sandra Greene (Cornell University)

Jean Allman (Washington University of St. Louis)

Dennis Laumann (University of Memphis)

Ben Talton (Temple University)

Ray A. Kea (University of London)

Roger Gocking (Mercy College, retired)


GHANA STUDIES–A Peer Reviewed Journal

GSA sponsors Ghana Studies, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published annually. The journal’s  co-editors are Carina E. Ray (Brandeis University) and Kofi Baku (University of Ghana).

Ghana Studies JOURNAL