Jennifer Baffour-Awuah comes to NYU Accra with many years of social work experience and a sound knowledge of social policy, women’s rights and gender analysis in international development work. She studied at the University of Kent in Canterbury, the University of East Anglia, Norwich and the University of East London, all in the United Kingdom. She has worked with several organisations, including Action Aid, Ghana, where she was the Women’s Right Policy Advisor; Pioneer Agency for Development in Africa, UK, where she researched topical development policies and practices as commissioned by practitioners and made recommendations; and Vanguard Project, Turning Point, where she engaged in advocacy for the vulnerable in society. She is a member of many bodies and associations and has a number of publications to her credit.
Dr. Kofi Saah holds a B.A. (Honors) in English and Linguistics from the University of Ghana, Legon, M.A. in Linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Saah has lectured at University of Ghana, Legon’s Department of Linguistics since 1984. He was appointed to the position of Senior Lecturer in 1990, and served as chair of the department from 1998 to 2000. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in theoretical linguistics: phonetics, morphology, syntax and semantics. He has taught the linguistics of the Akan/Twi language and supervised student projects/dissertations at both levels. He has taught the Twi language to American exchange students at the University of Ghana since 1995.
Michael Williams is the Executive Director of the Aya Centre, a single-purpose, multi-service organization, located in Accra, designed to enhance the learning experience and cultural awareness of persons traveling to Ghana. For twelve years prior to his work with the Aya Centre, Dr. Williams served as the Resident Director in Ghana for the Council on International Educational Exchange. During this period he was also an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Ghana. Before moving to, and settling in, Ghana, Dr. Williams taught at various universities in the United States for fifteen years, last serving as an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of Africana Studies at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his BA at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Sociology, and his MA and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Williams teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of race and ethnicity, African-American familial life, the sociology of knowledge, Diasporan Studies, and Pan-Africanism, and is the founder and editor of the Nkrumaist Review: Pan-Africanist Perspectives on African Affairs.
James Anquandah was educated at the University of Ghana where he majored in History and Archaeology and at the University of Oxford, UK. He was the Chair of the Archaeology Department of the University of Ghana from 1976 – 1981 and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1991-1997. In addition to his own archaeological projects in Ghana, he has been involved in international projects, including UNESCO Slave Route Archival research, UNESCO project on traditional beads production and marketing, and the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities project on Cape Coast and Elmina Slave Castles in Ghana. He is the author of Rediscovering Ghana, Castles and Forts of Ghana, and editor of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Landmarks, Legacies and Expectations.
Born in 1965 in New York City, Lyle Ashton Harris’s work includes photography, video and performance. He received his M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1990 and was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome from 2000-2001. His work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Kunsthalle Basel, and the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva and is currently taking part in the Seville Biennial. Harris’s photographs have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and Vibe. In 2002 Gregory R. Miller & Co. published Lyle Ashton Harris, a book of his work with an essay by Anna Deavere Smith. A forthcoming monograph on his 20 x 24 Polaroids with an essay by Okwui Enwezor was published in spring of 2007, also by Gregory R. Miller & Co. Harris is currently an assistant professor with a joint appointment at the NYU Accra program and the Steinhardt School in New York.
A literary scholar, researcher, educator and former Minister of State, Esi Sutherland is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, where she chairs the Language, Literature and Drama Department. She is co-editor of the West African and Sahelian volume of Women Writing Africa, a project of the Feminist Press. Dr. Sutherland was educated at the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a former Deputy Minister of Education and also of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Ghana. Currently, she is a Senior Fellow of International Education at the School of Education, University of Manchester, UK and serves on numerous committees, boards and commissions locally and internationally. She has received several awards for her contributions to education and national development.
Poet, literary scholar, and cultural activist, Kofi Anyidoho is currently professor & chair of the Department of English and director of the African Humanities Institute Program at the University of Ghana, Legon. He has also been executive producer and host of Ghana Television's African Heritage Series. Well-known for his unique style of performance-poetry, his published works include five collections of poetry, a bi-lingual [Ewe-English] play for children, and three CD/Cassette recordings of his poetry in Ewe and in English. As a literary scholar, Anyidoho has published numerous journal articles and book chapters worldwide, and edited a number of major books on African literature. He has been a distinguished visiting professor at Swarthmore College and Colorado College, and has also taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. Anyidoho was Vice President and President of the United States based African Literature Association [1998-99]. He was educated at the University of Ghana, Legon, Indiana University, Bloomington and the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Audrey Gadzekpo is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, with more than 12 years experience of university teaching and research in the areas of media, gender, development and governance. She has more than 17 years practical experience as a journalist, working variously as a reporter, editor, contributor, columnist, talk show host, socio-political commentator, and magazine publisher/editor. She designs training programs in mass-mediated communication, and is a skilled trainer on various aspects of public and interpersonal communication. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, U.K., an M.A. from Brigham Young University, Utah, USA, and a B.A. in English from the University of Ghana, Legon. Dr. Gadzekpo serves on the boards of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development and the Ghana Integrity Initiative, the editorial board of Feminist Media Studies and is a member of the advisory board of the Public Sector Reform Program in Ghana. She also serves on a number of internal boards and committees at the University of Ghana, where she teaches. In the past she has served on the boards of the Ghana News Agency Board (Jan.2001-Jan.2003), the African Literature Centre, Kitwe, Zambia, 1997, and was on the executive of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) 1996-2003. An activist, Dr. Gadzekpo was a domestic election observer in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 general elections in Ghana, and a Commonwealth Election Observer in Mozambique in December 2004.
Nat Amarteifio comes to NYU Accra with a background in Architecture, having trained in that field at Howard University. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Development and Management, a consultancy firm set up to advise district assemblies on the development and implementation of policy as well as the management of projects. From 1994-1998, Nat Amarteifio was the Mayor of Accra (the capital of Ghana) and the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly with a workforce of over 4000 people. He has also worked as a real estate developer and has consulted for several companies in Ghana and abroad. He has served on many national boards and committees. He is currently engaged in a book project on the history of Accra, his native city.
John Collins has been active in the Ghanaian/West African music scene since 1969 as a band leader, music union activist, recording engineer, journalist and writer. He is currently a Professor at the Music Department at the University of Ghana at Legon, is manager of Bokoor Recording Studio, is Acting Chairman of BAPMAF African Music Archives in Accra, is a consultant for the Ghana Musicians Union and Ghana Old Musicians Welfare Association and is co-leader of the Local Dimension highlife band. Visit http://www.scientific-african.org/scholars/jcollins/ to learn more about Dr. Collins.
Kwame Boafo-Arthur is the Head of the Politics Department at the University of Ghana, Legon where he has been lecturing since 1985. He attended the University of Ghana, Legon, Carlton University, Ottawa and the Ghana Law School. He holds a BA, MA and Ph.D, in Political Science. His areas of specialization include Africa’s International Economic Relations, Political Economy of Africa’s Development, International Politics and Foreign Policy Analysis. Boafo-Arthur has consulted for major organizations such as the UNESCO, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, International Foundation for Electoral System, International Centre on Transitional Justice and Fredrich Ebert Foundation. He has published extensively in his field.
Dr. Charity S. Akotia is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Ghana. She obtained a B.A. (Honors) from the University of Ghana, a Masters in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario and a Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Ghana. Dr Akotia is passionate about teaching and teaches both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has taught several courses in psychology including community psychology, social psychology, psychology of gender and introductory courses in psychology. She is a member of the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP) and the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA). Her research interests include gender and work as well as suicide and suicide prevention in Ghana.
Dr. Nukunya is a fellow of the prestigious Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, a former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, and the Rector of the Institute of Law Enforcement Management and Administration, Ghana. He was educated at the University of Ghana, Legon, and London School of Economics and Political Science, London University. He holds a BA degree in Sociology and a Ph.D, in Social Anthropology. He is a faculty member of the Sociology Department at the University of Ghana, where he has taught for many years. He has held visiting appointments at several universities, including St. John’s College, Cambridge, UK; Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Northwestern University, Evanston; University of Toledo, Ohio.