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Kwamina Panford

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Emeritus Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies

Panford was a Carnegie – University of Ghana Visiting Scholar from June to September, 2016. Prior to that, he was awarded a Fulbright as a Senior Visiting Scholar to Ghana in 2011-2012. Since 2009, Panford’s research and publications have been on Ghana’s emerging oil and gas sectors. His areas of expertise include petroleum and sustainable development; comparative development; human capital/labor and public policy and international organizations.

  • Senior Fulbright Scholar, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (2011)
  • Hearing Committee Member, Board of Bar Overseers of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, MA., (2010-2013)
  • Chair and Member Ph. D. & MA Thesis Committees, LPS and Political Science Department, Northeastern University, Boston (1989-Present )
  • “The Role of the Academy and the Successful Management of Ghana’s Oil and Gas Industry,” Africa Today (2014) 61(2): 79-107.
  • “An Exploratory Survey of Petroleum Skills and Training in Ghana, 2012,” Africa Today (2014) 60 (3): 57-80.
  • Ghana’s Industrial Relations and Labor Laws (A monograph on Ghana’s labor policies, laws and practices from colonial times to the present). The International Encyclopedia of Laws: Labor Law and Industrial Relations Series, Kluwer Law and Taxation Publishers, Deventer, The Netherlands, 2008, Revised, April 2012.
  • “Trade Unions, Democratic Transition and Organizational Challenges: The Case of the Ghana TUC (1989-2009)” in Craig Phelan, Ed: Labor in West Africa, Peter Lang, 2011.
  • “The Crucial Roles of Model Oil Agreements: The Public Policy Implications and Requirements” Ghana Policy Journal, 4th Edition, The Institute of Economic Affairs, Ghana, (2011).
  • Contributor, “Oil Exploration and Production: A Baseline Socio-Economic Survey of Six Coastal Fringe Districts in the Western Region of Ghana,” Institute for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, Draft Report, December, 2010.
  • Book Review: Michael Amoah, Reconstructing the Nation in Africa: The Politics of Nationalism in Ghana, Tauris Academic Series, London & New York, 2007, International Affairs, Vol. 83, No. 3, 2007, p. 608.


Course catalog
  • Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa

    AFRS 3460

    Explores contemporary politics in African nations south of the Sahara. Studies South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ethiopia, among others. Examines apartheid, colonialism, Afro-Marxism, chieftaincy, development, and Pan-Africanism.

  • Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

    AFRS 2464

    Examines the social dimensions of resource extraction. Focusing mainly on developing nations, studies global issues, including developments in industrial nations, to assess their impact on resource extraction and living and working conditions in resource-rich regions.