Josephine Dawuni, PhD, Howard University

Josephine photoDr. Josephine Jarpa Dawuni is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University, Washington D.C. She holds an LL.B from the University of Ghana, and is a qualified Barrister-at-Law before the Ghana Superior Courts of Judicature. She holds a Doctorate in Political Science from Georgia State University. Her primary areas of research include judicial politics, gender and the law, international human rights, women’s civil society organizing and democratization. She is the editor (with Gretchen Bauer) Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From Obscurity to Parity? (Routledge, 2016).  She is currently working on a second book (co-edited with Judge Akua Kuenyehia) on “International Courts and the African Woman Judge” (Routledge, forthcoming 2018). In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship to undertake a project at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana. She is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL) which focuses on enhancing the capacity of women in the legal professions in Africa and the Diaspora. In addition, she sits on the Board of the African Research Academies for Women (ARA-W). She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of International Politics and Development (JIPAD). Her research has appeared in journals such as Studies in Gender and Development in Africa, Journal of African Law and Africa Today. Her areas of teaching are largely anchored between Comparative Politics and International Relations, with a focus on gender and the law, African politics and international human rights.