Takyiwaa Manuh is Professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, and was the Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon from October 2002 to July 2009.
Born in Kumasi, Ghana, she was educated at the Wesley Girls' High School, Cape Coast; the University of Ghana, Legon; the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. She holds an LLB [Hons] degree, an LLM degree and a Ph.D degree in Anthropology. She has also practiced as a lawyer and is active in the women's movement in Ghana.
She was elected a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and has received a number of other awards and fellowships, including the University of Ghana's Meritorious Service Award for 2007 and the Order of the Volta (Officer Class) in 2007.
Her research interests are in the areas of African Development; Women's Rights and Empowerment; Contemporary African Migrations; and African Higher Education Systems. She has published widely in these fields in books, journals and monographs, including the volume The Architecture of Violence against Women in Ghana, edited with Kathy Cusack. Accra: Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre, Pp. 337 (2009); AFRICA AFTER GENDER? Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Pp. 328 (2007), edited with Catherine M. Cole and Stephan F. Miescher; Change and Transformation in Ghana's Publicly Funded Universities. James Currey/Woeli Publications: Oxford and Accra. Pp. 175pp (2007) with Sulley Gariba and Joseph Budu; An 11th Region of Ghana?: Ghanaians Abroad. Inaugural Lecture. The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. Accra: Combert Impressions. Pp. 105 (2006); and At Home in the World? Ã¢â‚¬â€œ International Migration and Development in Contemporary Ghana and West Africa. Accra: Subsaharan Publishers. Pp. 354 (2005). She has also published articles in journals including DEVELOPMENT; Africa Today; Feminist Africa; the CODESRIA Bulletin; Africa Recovery; Third World Legal Studies Journal; Ghana Studies and the IAS Research Review.
She has been a member of several professional associations and has served on the boards of several national, continental and international organizations and committees.
Currently, she is the President of the Scientific Committee of CODESRIA; a member of the External Advisory Panel of the UNFPA, New York; the Governing Council of UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), Paris; Member, West and Central Africa Regional Advisory Council of the International Development Research Council (IDRC); Board Member, the International Network on Migration and Development (INMD); Board Chair, ABANTU for Development; and Board Member, Media Commission for West Africa.