Ghana Studies Research Focus Group

Ghana Studies RFG

Ghana Studies Research Focus Group

The Ghana Studies Research Focus Group builds on a new strength in Ghana studies on the UC Santa Barbara campus. It offers an opportunity to explore a set of themes from different disciplinary perspectives and methodologies. The Research Focus Group has been initiated by a group of UCSB faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates. This collective consists of scholars who are either Ghanaians or work on Ghana from a wide range of perspectives and methodological approaches. Starting with Ghana as a geographical space, i.e., the place where the Greenwich Meridian meets the Equator, how can the country inform our thinking, theories, and methods? Members of the collective work primarily in the disciplines of the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts, but also interface with both the physical and life sciences.

The Ghana Studies RFG reflects an organizational framework that is nomadic, bridges scholars’ domiciles, and accounts for intergenerational thinking and conversations. In the 2023 – 2024 academic year, we will focus on the themes Economic History, Environmental Justice, and Media Representations.

Stephan Miescher, Professor, History

Peter Bloom, Professor, Film & Media Studies

Christabel Agyeiwaa, graduate student History

kwabena agyare yeboah, graduate student, History

Thiana Aklikokou, undergraduate student

Claudia Ankrah, graduate student, History

Susan Cassels, Professor, Geography

Dena Montague, Global Environmental Justice Project, Lecturer, Bren School

David Ohene Danquah, undergraduate student

Priscilla Owusu Amoako, graduate student, History

Francis Yeboah, graduate student, Film & Media Studies

Photo: Volta River Authority 10th Annual Report and Accounts 1971