GSA’s New President–Nana Akua Anyidoho


img_0138I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, where I have worked for nine years. My primary responsibilities at ISSER are to conduct social policy research and to teach graduate level courses in Development Studies. I have a BA in Psychology from the University of Ghana and a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and so I bring an interdisciplinary perspective to my research and teaching, with a foundation in developmental psychology and additional training in political science, economics and social policy, and in quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Beyond teaching and research, I serve the UG community as a member of the Academic Board and the Business and Executive Committee, and an affiliate of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy. Additionally, I contribute to intellectual life on the continent as a member of the Council for Development and Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA); an editorial board member of the African Review of Economics and Finance; and a reviewer for the Next Generation of Social Sciences in Africa, an initiative of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to mentor future faculty in African universities.

While working on the continent, I actively maintain ties to African Studies scholarship in the US as an alumna of the Program of African Studies program at Northwestern University; as a member of the GSA and a contributor and reviewer for our journal; and through collaborative research and visiting fellowships, most recently at Boston University and Penn State University.

I look forward to serving GSA as president, and will work to strengthen links between scholars of Ghana on the continent and in the diaspora and, in other ways, help to sustain GSA’s vibrant community.

Medaase pii.