Meet Pamela Nwakanma, 2020 APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantee

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2020. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.

Pamela Nwakanma, Harvard University

Adaugo Pamela Nwakanma is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government with a secondary field in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Amongst other things, she researches and teaches on the political economy of gender and development in various emerging economies with particular emphasis on the African context. Her dissertation investigates the intersection of women’s empowerment in business and politics. More specifically, she examines the role of social networks in moderating the relationship between economic power and political power amongst female entrepreneurs in diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy. 

She has published work on “Women, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development in Africa” as part of the Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies (2020) and has a forthcoming publication on multicultural identities and decolonizing academia, titled “On Scholarship and the Hyphenated African Identity” with Routledge. Prior to her doctoral studies, Nwakanma worked as an Urban Education Fellow and Vice-HBO Translator in New York City. She received her B.A in International Studies-Economics with a secondary field in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego in 2014.


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