An Archive of Activism: the team

Kate Skinner is the Principal Investigator on the Archive of Activism project. Dr Kate Skinner
She is a Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa and its Diasporas at the University of Birmingham. 

Kate began her research career with a focus on the political history of the Ghana-Togo border. She worked closely with Dr Wilson Yayoh (University of Cape Coast, Ghana) on African-owned and African-language newspapers, highlighting debates about nation-building and citizenship in local print cultures. 

More recently, Kate has turned to the gendered history of citizenship in postcolonial Ghana, and she has a special interest in women’s campaigns to reform various aspects of family law.

Akosua AmpofoAkosua Adomako Ampofo is a Professor of African and Gender Studies, at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, where she was also director between 2010 and 2015.

She is President of the African Studies Association of Africa, Co-President of the Research Committee on Women and Society of the International Sociological Association, a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of the Sociologists for Women and Society Award for Feminist Activism, and co-editor of the Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog.

Akosua has a long track record of participatory and impactful research on gender issues. She was a member of the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment consortium, established in 2006 as an international research and communications programme on understanding and supporting positive change in women’s lives.

She was also the founding director of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy, University of Ghana. Akosua is an active member of several civil society coalitions, including the Domestic Violence Coalition and the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana.

Rose Mensah KutinRose Mensah-Kutin is the external partner for the Archive of Activism project, advising on project design, engagement and impact. She has been the Director of the West African Regional Office of ABANTU for Development since 2000. 

ABANTU hosts the Women’s Manifesto Coalition, which drafted and mobilised support for the Women’s Manifesto for Ghana.  

The Manifesto identifies widely shared concerns about the under-representation of women in politics, policy and decision-making at all levels, and in public life in general. The Manifesto is non-partisan, but takes positions on national issues. It provides a common platform for women seeking gender equality, a more equitable society, and sustainable national development.

In 2018, Rose received a Martin Luther King Jr Award for Peace and Social Justice, in recognition of her work for gender equality. Rose holds a PhD in African Studies from the University of Birmingham, where she specialised on the gendered experience of rural electrification in Ghana.

Jovia SalifuJovia Salifu is based at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, as a postdoctoral research assistant on the Archive of Activism project. He studied for a PhD in African Studies at the University of Birmingham. His thesis explored the impact of microcredit on gender relations in matrilineal Offinso, Ghana. Jovia's broader interest is in gendered livelihoods, and in the ways in which marriage and kinship shape (and are shaped by) women’s access to and use of resources. During the Archive of Activism project, Jovia will carry out research on gender activists and ‘political women’ in Ghana, identifying connections between their concerns and some of the issues that he identified in his PhD thesis. 

Nathalie Raunet Robert-NicoudNathalie Raunet Robert-Nicoud is an administrative assistant on the Archive of Activism project. She is a doctoral researcher in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham. Her research focuses mobility, belonging and citizenship in the Ghana-Togo borderlands.