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Emerita Professor Takyiwaa Manuh

2002 - 2009


She was the Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana from 2002 to 2009. She is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Ghanaian academic and author. She is an Emerita Professor of the University of Ghana, and until her retirement in May 2017, she served as the Director of the Social Development Policy Division, of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), located in Addis Ababa.



She completed her primary education at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Primary school in Kumasi, after which she entered Wesley Girls Cape Coast, for her secondary education. She continued her studies at the University of Ghana where she obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) in 1974. In 1978, she was awarded her master's degree in Law from the University of Dar es Salaame. She later went on to pursue a doctorate degree in Anthropology at the Indiana University Bloomington, graduating in the year 2000.


Among are some of her works she did:

  • Ghanaian-Canadians and Asantes: Citizenship and Identity among Migrants in Toronto? Africa Today (1998).
  • This Place is not Ghana: Gender and Rights Discourse among Ghanaian Migrants in Toronto, Canada. Ghana Studies Journal
  • The Salt Cooperatives in Ada, Ghana in D. R. F. Taylor and F. Mackenzie (eds), Development from Within: Survival in Rural Africa. Routledge: London and   New York. Ch. 5, pp. 102–124.
  • The Asantehema's Court and its Jurisdiction over Women in Asante: A Study in Legal Pluralism Research Review, (N.S.) Vol. 4, No. 2:50–66 also speak to issues in ethnic identity and governance.
  • At Home in the World: Contemporary Migration and Development in Ghana and West Africa, Sub-Saharan Publishers (2005) co-edited (with, Amina Mama and Charmaine Pereira)
  • An issue of Feminist Africa on "Sexual Cultures.", (2007).
  • Change and Transformation in Ghana's Publicly-Funded Universities: A Study of Experiences, Lessons and Opportunities (with Sulley Garriba and Joseph Budu) was published by James Currey, Oxford, and Woeli Publications, Accra.
  • Africa after Gender? (with Catherine Cole and Stephan Miescher), Indiana University Press (2007).