Raymond Aborigo, Navrongo Health Research Centre
Mr. Aborigo is a senior researcher at the Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Public Health at MONASH University. Mr. Aborigo has conducted research in various areas including maternal and neonatal health, fertility and family planning, adult health and ageing, and malaria and other infectious diseases. He has consulted for many agencies including UNICEF and the INDEPTH Network. Mr. Aborigo has published widely and has conducted peer-reviews for a number of journals. His current research focuses on contextualizing maternal mortality and morbidity through maternal health audits.
Clement Ahiadeke, University of Ghana
Clement Ahiadeke is professor and director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, Legon. He got his PhD in Demography from Cornell University, and MPH from Johns Hopkins University. He collaborates frequently as a researcher with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Population Council in New York. His research interests include reproductive health, maternal and child nutrition studies, family planning program monitoring and evaluation, the relationship between abortion contraceptive practice and unwanted pregnancies, HIV/AIDS program monitoring and evaluation, design of baseline surveys, and the general application of demographic processes to constructing poverty indicators.
Rod Alence, University of Witwatersrand
Professor Alence holds AM and PhD degrees in political science from Stanford University. His main interests are in the areas of political economy, African development, and quantitative research methods. His PhD was awarded the American Political Science Association’s prize for best thesis in political economy. At Wits since 2002, he has supervised two PhD theses and sixteen MA research reports, including nine distinctions and two winners of the School of Social Sciences postgraduate research prize. While on sabbatical during the 2008-2009 academic year, he was Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he continues to serve on the advisory committee of the African Social Research Initiative. As part of that initiative, he has taught several short courses in quantitative research in Ghana. Before coming to Wits, he held positions at the University of the Western Cape and at the Human Sciences Research Council, and he spent one year as a Fulbright researcher at the University of Ghana’s Legon Centre for International Affairs.
Kelly Askew, University of Michigan
Kelly M. Askew is an associate professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican/African studies and founding director of the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She received her BA in music and anthropology from Yale University (1988) and her PhD in anthropology from Harvard University (1997). Her publications include two edited volumes, African Postsocialisms (co-edited with M. Anne Pitcher, 2006) and The Anthropology of Media: A Reader (co-edited with participant Bios Richard R. Wilk, 2002); articles on topics ranging from nationalism to gender relations to Hollywood film production; and a book on music and politics in Tanzania entitled Performing the Nation: Swahili Music and Cultural Production in Tanzania (2002), a finalist for the 2003 African Studies Association Herskovits Award for best scholarly work on Africa.
Kofi Awusabo-Asare, University of Cape Coast
Professor Kofi Awusabo-Asare is a professor in population studies at the University of Cape Coast, where he has been teaching since 1980. His research interests are in adolescent reproductive health; social dimensions of HIV/AIDS infection; poverty studies; and issues of population, environment, and health. He is currently the Director for Academic Planning and Quality Assurance at the University of Cape Coast. He holds a BA from the University of Cape Coast, MA (Demography) from the Australian National University, and a PhD from the University of Liverpool (UK).
Jonathan Ayitey, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Jonathan Ayitey is a PhD candidate and lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi (KNUST), Ghana. He obtained a BSc and MPhil from KNUST and University of Cambridge-UK, respectively. He was a University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar in 2010. Jonathan researches housing and real estate issues in emerging economies, mainly sub-Saharan Africa. Presently he is writing his doctoral thesis, entitled “The Design and Approach to Mortgage Finance in Emerging Economies: Case Study of the Ghanaian Mortgage Market.” In 2003 he was a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar, investigating the relationship between legal title to property and access to credit. As a chartered surveyor, he is a professional member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) and serves on its Council and Research Committee.
Louis Boakye-Yiadom, University of Ghana
Louis Boakye-Yiadom is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Ghana. He holds a PhD from the University of Bath and has empirical research interests in household livelihood strategies and their relationships with poverty, wellbeing, and inequality. He is particularly interested in the microeconomic analysis of migration, remittance flows, child fostering, and education. Louis has also been very active in research on gender and asset ownership. He has taught a broad range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Development Economics, Economic Theory, and Economic Planning.
Daniela Casale, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Daniela Casale is a senior research fellow in development studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She has a PhD in economics from the University of Natal, Durban. Her research has been predominantly in the fields of labour, household, and gender economics, with a focus on South Africa. Recently, she has started working in the area of health and early childhood development. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including Economic Development and Cultural Change, the Journal of African Economies and Feminist Economics.
Blessings Chinsinga, University of Malawi
Blessings Chinsinga is a senior lecturer teaching development administration, public policy analysis, and institutions and development in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He holds a PhD in development studies from the University of Mainz. His research interests include agricultural production and HIV/AIDS, and rural development. He has published extensively in various journals, including IDS Bulletin, the Journal of International Development, and Social Policy and Administration. One of his latest works is “Youth, Agriculture, and Land Grabs in Malawi”, IDS Bulletin (2012).
Sylvia Croese, Stellenbosch University
Sylvia Croese holds an MA in international relations from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in The Netherlands and a (forthcoming) PhD in sociology from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She examines social, political, and economic development in Angola, and her research focuses particularly on the dynamics of local governance and (post-war) urban development. She recently defended her PhD thesis, which is titled “Post-war state-led development in Angola. The Zango housing project in Luanda: a case study.” Sylvia has several publications on Angola’s contemporary political economy and has served as an independent researcher and consultant in Luanda.
Phyllis Dako-Gyeke, University of Ghana
Dr. Phyllis Dako-Gyeke teaches and conducts social science research on gender, sex, maternal health, and HIV and AIDS within developing world contexts. Her current research projects include a study on health seeking patterns of pregnant women within the Ga East Municipality in Accra. She is also involved in a study that is looking at health inequities across Ghana. Trained as a communications scholar, with specialization in health communication, Phyllis has studied HIV and AIDS media campaign messages within developing world contexts. She has also done work on sex and gender disparities evident in ART utilization, as well as HIV testing in Ghana. She is currently a member of the U-M School of Public Health team that collaborates with other institutions to provide training for HIV and AIDS monitoring and evaluation professionals in Ghana. Dr. Dako-Gyeke is a member of the SHAPEin research network that seeks to promote health and participation through research.
Mohamed El Sioufi, UN-HABITAT
Mohamed El Sioufi has a Master’s degree in architecture from MIT and a PhD in architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He is the Coordinator of the Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch at UN-HABITAT. He has over 38 years of experience practicing, advising, and teaching in the field of human settlements. His experience bridges policy and technical advice, professional practice, academia, research, and training. Since 1995 he has worked for UN-HABITAT in capacity development, policy and technical cooperation, and global norms and guidelines development. Dr El Sioufi initiated Habitat’s Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, which is operating in more than 40 countries in the African, Arab States, Caribbean, and Pacific regions. He also coordinates the Global Housing Strategy that aims at “Placing Housing at the Centre.” The strategy is an innovative initiative that utilizes social and professional media to facilitate the sharing of up-to-date case studies and activities as they unfold in the field, and also develops and shares evidence-based research among practitioners, local and central authorities, and civil society in order to better guide national and city housing and slum upgrading strategies in the context of sustainable urban development.
Louis Graham, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dr. Louis F. Graham is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst. His primary population health interests center on bridging more seamlessly research, policy, and practice in men’s health inequities. In particular, Dr. Graham’s work focuses on psychosocial health determinants among ethnic and sexually marginalized men and employs innovative qualitative research methodologies. Dr. Graham’s current research looks at mental health and sexually transmitted infections among black and Latino gay and bisexual men, and social and sexual geographies among transgendered youth in Detroit. Further, his scholarship centers on community-based participatory approaches to research and centralizing cultural studies theories (e.g., critical race theory, queer theory) as frameworks and analysis tools for community health research. Dr. Graham currently serves as co-investigator of a four-year Ford Foundation-funded ethnographic project, Detroit Youth Passages. He earned an MPH in policy and administration from Morehouse School of Medicine, and has worked with community-based organizations to lead evaluation, intervention development, and capacity-building efforts centered on sexual health promotion and protection both domestically and abroad.
David Howell, University of Michigan
David Howell is the associate director of the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Among other projects, he is currently the director of studies of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and co-principal investigator of a collaboration to develop a Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University. Previously he was the director of studies for the American National Election Studies. His professional interests are in cross-national comparative study, local capacity building in international contexts, and research methodology.
Gilbert Khadiagala, University of Witwatersrand
Dr. Gilbert M. Khadiagala is the Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations and head of the Department of International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has previously taught comparative politics and international relations in Kenya, Canada, and the United States. Dr. Khadiagala holds a doctorate in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. His research focuses on security and politics in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and the Great Lakes region. He is the recent author of Meddlers or Mediators? African Interveners in Civil Conflicts in Eastern Africa (2007); an editor of Security Dynamics in Africa’s Great Lakes Region (2006); co-author of Sudan: The Elusive Quest for Peace (2007); and co-editor of Conflict Management and African Politics: Ripeness,Bargaining, and Mediation (2008). He is currently doing research on leadership in post-conflict reconstruction in Africa and the mediation of electoral conflicts in Kenya and Zimbabwe.
Samuel Kobina Annim, University of Cape Coast
Samuel Kobina Annim is the deputy director of the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and a senior Lecturer with 11 years of teaching experience in economics. His areas of research concentration are micro-finance/access to finance, poverty and inequality, and health outcomes. His emerging contribution to academia is the advancement of micro-econometric techniques to socio-economic and health issues in Africa and Asia. Over the years, Samuel has consulted for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank on issues related to poverty and micro-finance.
Amy Krings, University of Michigan
Amy Krings is a PhD student in the social work and political science joint doctoral program. Her research interests include urban politics, race and politics, community organization, social movements, and political participation. She is the project manager of a quantitative study on the outcomes of college-level multicultural courses and a qualitative study of student volunteerism. She is also working on a qualitative case study of a social movement in Detroit. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Amy worked for six years at a Cincinnati non-profit whose mission is to organize citizen-police problem solving teams. Her work included the management of a community-based campaign to reduce street-level gun violence. She also taught classes on social change, macro social work, and community and political organizing at her alma mater, Xavier University.
David Lam, University of Michigan
Professor David Lam specializes in the application of microeconomic theory to demographic behavior and the interaction of population dynamics and economic variables. Current research projects concern fertility and female labor supply in Brazil, the economics of marriage markets, the effects of age structure on wage profiles, the effects of demographic change on the distribution of income, and the determinants of seasonality in fertility.
Murray Leibbrandt, University of Cape Town
Murray Leibbrandt is a professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, and the director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. He holds the DSD/NRF National Research Chair of Poverty and Inequality Research and is an IZA Research Fellow. His research focuses on South African poverty‚ inequality and labour market dynamics using survey data and‚ in particular‚ panel data. He is currently one of the principal investigators on the National Income Dynamics Study. He is a past president of the African Econometric Society and immediate past president of the Economic Society of South Africa.
Brian Min, University of Michigan
Brian Min studies the political economy of development with an emphasis on distributive politics, public goods provision, and energy politics. His current research uses satellite imagery of nighttime lights and other geo-coded data to show how the distribution of electricity is shaped by electoral politics across the developing world. His dissertation on the subject received APSA’s 2011 Gabriel Almond Award. He has conducted research in India, West Africa, and across Inuit lands in the Canadian Arctic. He has also conducted research on ethnic politics and conflict, including the collection of a large new dataset (with Lars-Erik Cederman and Andreas Wimmer) on Ethnic Power Relations (EPR) in all countries of the world from 1946–2005.
Cecil Mlatsheni, University of Cape Town
Cecil Mlatsheni is a senior lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town and research associate of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU). He is currently working on a PhD. His research interests include youth transitions from schooling to work, unemployment duration, the brain drain, and skills migration. He has authored and co-authored various studies published in international journals and in book chapters on youth unemployment and labor markets in South Africa. His recent article “Youth Unemployment in South Africa: Challenges, Concepts and Opportunities” was published in the Journal of International Relations and Development (2011).
Cheryl Moyer, University of Michigan
Cheryl Moyer received her PhD in health services, organization and policy from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is currently the managing director for Global REACH, the University of Michigan Medical School’s international program. She is also a research investigator in the Department of Medical Education at the university. Dr. Moyer’s interests include maternal and child health in developing countries, specifically Ghana and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa. She was a co-investigator of the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Study (SANDS), a mixed-methods study of the clinical, sociological, and cultural factors impacting neonatal deaths in northern Ghana. The SANDS study also included a focus on childbirth-related issues, including clean delivery, women’s preferences regarding delivery location, and the social factors influencing delivery location. Dr. Moyer serves as a faculty mentor for the NIH-funded Minority and Health Disparities International Research Training Program. Her MHIRT research has included an assessment of women’s attitudes toward facility-based delivery in the central region of Ghana, the role of lay social support during delivery in the eastern region of Ghana, and issues surrounding maltreatment of women delivering in facilities.
Massy Mutumba, University of Michigan
Massy Mutumba is currently a PhD candidate in health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. For the past seven years, she has conducted research on health-related challenges among HIV-infected children and adolescents, including food insecurity and sexual risk taking, fertility aspirations, contraceptive use, and drug adherence. Her scientific interests include: sexual reproductive health, mental wellbeing, and HIV treatment and care. She is particularly interested in promoting the psychosocial wellbeing and sexual reproductive health of HIV-infected adolescents as well as developing holistic interventions to address the diverse needs of this population.
Alecia Ndlovu, University of Witwatersrand
Alecia Ndlovu is a PhD candidate in international relations and a Wits-Carnegie Global Change Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She holds a BA in international relations and applied economics and an MA (Cum Laude) in international relations. Her main research interests are in the political economy of African development and quantitative research methods. During her MA studies, she undertook a research internship at the South African Institute of International Affairs as part of her scholarship commitments and an exchange program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. In addition to her academic interests, Alecia serves as a mentor for the DreamGirls International Outreach and Mentoring Program, which aims to promote the enrollment and success of young women from disadvantaged high schools and communities in institutions of higher learning. She is passionate and dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, and a firm believer in the efficacy of education as the cornerstone for human capacity development in African societies.
Abena Oduro, University of Ghana
Abena D. Oduro is a senior lecturer at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana. She teaches courses in macroeconomics and international economics. Her research focuses on trade policy, poverty dynamics, and gender and asset ownership. She has published articles in professional journals such as World Development and the African Development Review as well as chapters in books. She has co-authored a monograph on gender and asset ownership in Ghana. She is on the editorial board of Feminist Economics. Abena Oduro has an MA (Hons.) in economics and geography and an MLitt in economics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is a member of the African Economic Research Consortium, American Economic Association, and the International Association for Feminist Economics.
Adams Oloo, University of Nairobi
Adams Oloo obtained his PhD in political science from the University of Delaware in 2003. Dr. Oloo is currently a senior lecturer and chairman of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. His areas of academic interest and specialization include: international relations, public policy, political economy, comparative politics, and global governance. In his professional career spanning 17 years, he has received various awards. Dr. Oloo has publications in academic journals and has written several book chapters. His publications are mainly in the areas of democratization, legislative politics, devolution, regional integration, party politics, electoral politics, security, and constitutionalism.
Constance Opoku, Tamale Teaching HospitalConstance Opoku graduated in 2006 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology after a seven-year medical school program. She went on to undertake post-graduate training in family medicine, and was the first family physician to work in the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana. Constance has a strong interest in preventing cervical cancer, and this was the focus of her work in the Northern Pacific Global Health Research Fellowship program, an award she received in 2012 through the University of Michigan. Constance is a Christian, with a passion for writing hope-themed articles on a weekly blog.
Nkechi Owoo, University of Ghana
Dr. Nkechi S. Owoo is a lecturer at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana. She also works as a research consultant at the Institute of Economic Affairs. In her current position, she teaches courses in micro- and macro-economics and labour economics at the undergraduate level. She also engages in research activities. Her primary research areas include health, gender, agricultural economics, and economics of the family. Her specialization is in spatial econometrics. Dr Owoo received her BA from the University of Ghana, and her Masters and PhD in economics from Clark University, MA, USA.
Anne Pitcher, University of Michigan
Anne Pitcher is a professor in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies and by courtesy, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. She is also a faculty associate in the Center for Political Studies and coordinator of the African Social Research Initiative at the University of Michigan. Currently, she serves as the chair of the African Politics Group, an organized section of the American Political Science Association and a coordinate organization of the African Studies Association. Pitcher relies on multi-method approaches to study distributive politics in sub-saharan Africa including Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, and South Africa. Her publications include a recent book published by Cambridge University Press entitled Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa’s Democracies (2012). Pitcher’s current research examines how ruling parties across different regime types use distributive goods (especially housing) to build coalitions of support.
Dorrit Posel, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Professor Dorrit (Dori) Posel holds an NRF/DST Research Chair (SARChI) in Economic Development. Her areas of specialization include marriage, migration, labor, household behavior, subjective indicators of well-being, and household survey design and analysis. She has published widely on research relating to marriage, labour migration and remittance behavior, changes in labor force participation and employment, the determinants of earnings, and poverty and subjective well-being. Dori holds a PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been the recipient of numerous research awards and fellowships, including the Vice-Chancellors Research Award in 2005.
Vimal Ranchhod, University of Cape Town
Vimal Ranchhod is an associate professor in the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, in the economics department at the University of Cape Town. He studied his undergraduate degree at Wits University, and received his PhD from the University of Michigan. He has taught at Wits, UCT, Michigan, and Yale. His research focuses on socio-economic issues in South Africa, including the labour market, poverty and unemployment, inequality, and education. Dr. Ranchhod has published in several journals such as the Journal of Development Economics, Economics of Education Review, Studies in Family Planning and the South African Journal of Economics.
Carlos Shenga, University of Cape Town
Carlos Shenga is director of the Centre for Research on Governance and Development (CPGD) in Mozambique and a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Cape Town. His dissertation is entitled “Comparing African and Mozambican Legislatures: Legislative Recruitment, Legislative Behavior, and Legislative Legitimacy.” He has authored various studies on the quality of democracy in Mozambique, including Afrobarometer surveys and country reports on Mozambique’s electoral processes. He has contributed to the bulletin of the Institute for Economic and Social Studies in Mozambique and has a working paper with the University of Cape Town’s Center for Social Science Research. He has recently co-authored the Mozambique Country Report, which was published by the South African Institute of International Affairs in 2011.
Rachel C. Snow, University of Michigan
Dr. Snow conducts social research on sex, gender and vulnerability, and on factors affecting the use of reproductive health and HIV-related services, predominantly in Africa. Ongoing studies address how HIV/AIDS has affected fertility aspirations and abortion in East Africa, and the sexual geography of young people in Detroit. Snow has served on numerous expert committees at the World Health Organization (WHO), including the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, and was a founding editor of the African Journal of Reproductive Health. She received her doctorate in population sciences from Harvard in 1988, where she was assistant professor of reproductive health. From 1997-2003 she taught at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), where she was unit head for sexual & reproductive health. In 2003 she joined the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Population Studies Center. She is currently lead author of the Beyond ICPD Global Review for the United Nations Populations Fund and director of the Center for Advancing Research and Solutions for Society (CARSS).