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Kwame Akonor

Kwame Akonor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Department of Political Science and Public Affairs


Dr. Akonor researches the political economy of development in Africa, and its policy implications for agency.

A member of the faculty since 2005, Kwame Akonor, Ph.D. has taught courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, African Political Economy and Human Rights. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Akonor is also the director of the Center for Africana Studies and the African Development Institute, a New York based think tank.

 His most recent article, on the utility and impact of foreign aid to Africa, was published in the Summer 2008 issue of the New York University Journal of International Law & Politics.


  • Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2004
  • M.A., City College of New York, CUNY, 1996

Academic Distinctions

  • Monsignor Robert Sheeran Pirate of the Year Award, Seton Hall University, 2009.
  • Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award (Top Tier Journal), Seton Hall University, 2008.
  • Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award (Book Publication), Seton Hall University, 2006. 
  • Best Dissertation in International Politics Award: Ph.D. Program in Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center, 2004.

Office Phone
(973) 275-2524


Office Location
Room 518
Jubilee Hall


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