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Samuel Darkwa

The Institute of Economic Affairs
Joined March 2021
Interests: Education, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Other, Policy Advocacy
Dr. Samuel Kofi Darkwa is the Director of Governance and Administration at the Institute of Economic Affairs, Ghana (IEA-Ghana). He received his MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from West Virginia University. He also has MA in Linguistics and Literature from University of Wisconsin, Madison as well as BA in Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon. Samuel is multidisciplinary and very diverse. Samuel was adjudged the overall best student of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) Ghana in 2003. He was the former head of the Accounts Unit at the IEA-Ghana. He has served as Intercollegiate Policy Debate Coach for the West Virginia University for three (3) years between 2013 and 2016 and has taught between 2010 and 2019 at West Virginia University, University of Florida (Gainesville), and at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Samuel is a researcher whose research interest focuses on electoral politics and democratization, political communication, public policy and administration, and Human Rights. Given his background of growing in a marginalized community in Ghana, Samuel has a strong passion for promoting and advancing the interests of marginalized persons and helping them to overcome structural systems that perpetuate their marginalization.
He has contributed a chapter to the volume: Ghanaian Politics and Political Communication, published by Rowman and Littlefield, London. Samuel’s research appeared in the Journal of Pan African Studies. He has also coauthored with seasoned researchers in the United States. Such works have appeared in the Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development. His latest work with his colleagues, Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa, is forthcoming in Routledge New York. He has also written book reviews published by the African Studies Quarterly.

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