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Dr. Edem Adotey

Research Fellow
History and Politics

Dr. Edem Adotey is a historian and a Research Fellow in the History and Politics section of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana where he co-teaches courses on African Historiography and Methodology, The Slave Trade and Africa, Colonial Rule and African Responses and History of Pan-Africanism at the Graduate level and Chieftaincy and Development at the Undergraduate level.

Dr. Adotey is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and is also a member of the Historical Society of Ghana.


He holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in African Studies (History) from the University of Ghana and BA (Hons) in History and English from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Research Areas

His primary research interest is in chieftaincy and international boundaries particularly chiefly relationships between partitioned communities on the Ghana-Togo boundary, Pan-Africanism, Nationalism and Identity.

Recent Publications

“Where Is My Name? – Contemporary Funeral Posters as an Arena of Contestation and (Re)Negotiation of Chiefly Relations Among the Ewe of Ghana and Togo,” History in Africa, Vol. 45 (2018) 59-69;

“‘International chiefs’: chieftaincy, rituals and the reproduction of trans-border Ewe ethnic communities on the Ghana–Togo boundary,” Africa 88 (3) 2018:560-78.

“Parallel or Dependent? The State, Chieftaincy and Institutions of Governance in Ghana,” African Affairs (forthcoming).

“A Matter of Apostrophe? Founder’s Day, Founders’ Day and Holiday Politics in Contemporary Ghana,” Journal of West African History (forthcoming).

“The Paradox of Colonialism: The German Colonial Project, Pan-Ewe Identity and Consciousness in Togo, 1884 – 1914”, in Wazi Apoh and Beatrice Lundt (eds.), Germany and its West African Colonies: “Excavations” of German Colonialism in Post-Colonial Times (Lit Verlag, 2013).