About Me

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Capacity Building & Public sector reforms
  • Globalization & development in Africa
  • China & US policies in Africa
  • Urban Livelihoods and Planning in Africa
  • Urban Food Systems & sustainable development
  • Socio-economic determinants of HIV/AIDS

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2000
    Dissertation: Urban Livelihood Strategies, Institutional Efficiency and Economic Reform in Ghana
  • M.A., Geography, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1992
    Thesis: Regional Inequality in Development and Migration in Ghana (Awarded a Distinction)
  • M.A., Population Studies, United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, 1990
    Thesis: Internal Migration and Development in Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana (Awarded a Distinction)
  • B.A. (Hons), Geography (major) with Archeology (minor); University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, 1987

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Academic Positions

Other Positions

  • Editorial Assistant, Environment and Planning A, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, MN, 1999
  • International Student Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services, University of Minnesota, MN, 1994 - 1995
  • Consultant, IFO-Institute for Economic Research, Department for Development Studies, University of Munich, Germany, 1987

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, American Planning Association
  • Member, Association of American Geographers
  • Member, Heartland Global Health Consortium, Des Moines University
  • Member, Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG)
  • Member, African Studies Association

SERVICE AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY (ISU)

University

  • ISU Faculty Ambassador, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2013-present
  • Member, Provost Budgetary Advisory Committee, 2012-2013
  • Member, Be a Magnet For Students Task Force, a subcommittee of the ISU Strategic Planning Committee, Fall 2009
  • Contact Person, ISU's Memorandum of Understanding with University of Ghana, Legon, 2007-present.
  • Steering Committee Member, African < African-American Studies Program, 2007-present.
  • Senator, CRP representative to the Faculty Senate, 2007-2010.
  • Member, Faculty Development & Administrative Council, Faculty Senate, 2007-2010.
  • College of Design Representative, Coordinating Committee of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA), 2006-2013.
  • Member, Admissions committee, GPSA, 2003-2008.
  • Faculty Advisor, Nigerian Students Association, 2007-2010.
  • Member, African Studies Advisory Committee, 2003-present.
  • Faculty Advisor, African Students Association, 2006-2008.

Collegiate (College of Design)

  • Member, COD Dean Review Committee, 2013
  • Member, College of Design Promotion and Tenure Council, 2012-2013
  • Coordinator, New Faculty Mentoring Program, College of Design, 2010-2013.
  • Review Committee Member, Pickard/Chilton Professorship, Architecture Department, 2011.
  • Member, College of Design Faculty Senate Caucus, 2007-2010.
  • Member, Diversity Committee, 2004-2009.
  • Member, Envisioning II Committee, 2004-2008.
  • Member, International Programs Committee, 2002-2005.
  • Member, Academic Affairs Committee, 2002-2005.
  • Member, Dean’s Lecture Series Committee, 2001-2002.
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Foundations, 2001.

Departmental (Community & Regional Planning - CRP)

  • Chair, CRP Department Chair Review Committee, 2012 - 2013
  • Chair, CRP Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2012 - 2013
  • Director of Graduate Education (DOGE), 2008-2013.
  • Chair, Student Admissions and Awards Committee (SAAC), 2008-2013.
  • Chair, CRP Faculty Search Committee, 2010-2011.
  • Member, CRP Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2007-2012.
  • Member, GIS Graduate Certificate Program Committee, 2002-present.
  • Member, CRP Post-Tenure Review Committee, Spring 2009.
  • Chair, CRP Faculty Search Committee, 2007-2008.
  • Member, CRP Curriculum Committee, 2005-2010.
  • Faculty Advisor, CRP Graduate Students Club, 2005-2008.
  • Member, CRP/LA Academic Advisor Search Committee, 2006.
  • Member, CRP PhD Exploratory Committee, 2005-2006.
  • Chair, CRP Curriculum Committee, 2002-2005.
  • Faculty Advisor, CRP Undergraduate Students Club, 2002-2o05.
  • Member, the search for three (3) faculty positions, 2005.
  • Member, CRP/Landscape Architecture Shared Leadership Review, 2003-2004.
  • Member, CRP/LA Academic Advisor Search Committee, 2004.
  • Member, Urban Design Faculty Search Committee, 2004.
  • Member, GIS Faculty Search Committee, 2003.