Dean's Profile

Dean: Professor Michael P. K. Okyerefo

I am a Cultural Sociologist & a Sociologist of Religion, with interests in the nexus of religion and culture, and a host of socio-economic, political, and health processes in contemporary Ghana and human capital formation among Ghanaians in the Diaspora. While a sociologist by training, I also apply anthropological skills with an emphasis on fieldwork in my research, as these are skills I refined during a fully paid Fellowship on Religion and Public Culture at the University of Cambridge from October 2007 to March 2008.

Currently, I am a Visiting Professor, Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, from 2019, an External Research Fellow at the Global African Diaspora Studies (GADS), Institut für Afrikawissenschaften, University of Vienna, since 2014, and I have won other fellowships.

My scholarship spans the areas of alternative epistemologies, internationalization of African universities, and research on Ghana’s Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) burden, mainly interrogating religion, beliefs and health-seeking behaviour.

As a former Head of the Department of Sociology and now Dean, School of Arts, I have acquired an invaluable practical administrative experience generally and in internationalization.

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