Francis Dodoo, Ph.D

Prof. Dodoo has dual appointments as Full Professor of Sociology and Demography at The Pennsylvania State University and Professor of Demography at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana.

He also holds a College Research Chair at Penn State. He has a PhD in Demography and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Economics.

He has published over 50 articles in international, peer-reviewed outlets and has made more than 100 scientific presentations at international fora. He has raised approximately $10m in research and training grant funding.

Prof. Dodoo has directed academic and research programs both in Africa and in the West, served on numerous boards across the world, including those of public and private universities, and a continental research center, and he has chaired the boards of a multi-million dollar national development fund as well as a national statistical agency, where he oversaw the conduct of a national census.

Prof. Dodoo has also advised the President of Ghana on social and development issues. Over his career, he has served in various consulting, advisory, review, and other capacities for a number of national governments, international organizations, national funding agencies, and charitable foundations.

These include: Ghana Statistical Service (GSS); Ghana AIDS Commission; United States National Institutes of Health (NIH); African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC); United States National Science Foundation (NSF); African Development Bank (ADB); United States Agency for International Development (USAID); National Research Council of the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS); Food Security and Sustainable Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA); UN-HABITAT; European Commission and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT) of the European Union (EU); German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); German Foundation for World Population (DSW); Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI); International Center for Research on Women (ICRW); Population Reference Bureau (PRB); Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI); The INDEPTH network; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and Rockefeller Foundation.

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