Pro-Vice Chancellor

Professor Francis Dodoo
Pro Vice Chancellor

Professor Francis Dodoo was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) at the University of Ghana in 2017. After attending the University of Ghana, he obtained his undergraduate degree (Economics) from Washington State University, USA in 1983. He also received a master’s degree in economics from the same institution in 1986, and a PhD (Demography) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.

Professor Dodoo began his academic career at Tulane University in New Orleans, USA in 1988, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994. He also worked at Vanderbilt University (1995-2001) and at the University of Maryland (2001-2003). He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2001, and subsequently moved to The Pennsylvania State University, where he was immediately prior to taking a position at the University of Ghana in 2006.

Prior to his appointment as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development at the University of Ghana, Professor Dodoo served in various capacities within the University. He was Professor and Director of the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) from 2006-2012, and Acting Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) from 2015-2016.

Over the course of his career, Professor Dodoo also served in numerous administrative capacities, including as Founding Director of the African Diaspora Studies Program at Tulane University (1992-1995), Director of the African American Studies Program at Vanderbilt University (1995-1998), Director of the African Population and Health Research Centre in Nairobi, Kenya (1998–2000), Founding Chair of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Maryland (2002-2003), Director of the Regional Institute for Population Studies, UG (2006-2012), and Acting Director of the Institute of African Studies, UG (2015-2016). He has also served as President of the Ghana Athletics Association (2009-2017) and President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (2011-2017). His passion for, and commitment to, sports reflect in his career as an athlete and as a professor. Professor Dodoo received call-ups to six national teams and is best known for his exploits in the field of athletics. At the 1987 All-Africa Games in Nairobi Kenya, he won the gold medal in the triple jump, and set the African Games record in the event, which still stands today. He also won a silver medal at the 1992 African Championships, and competed in four Olympic Games for Ghana between 1984 and 1996. Professor Dodoo was named Sportsman of the year in Ghana in 1987, and was decorated with the national honor of the Grand Medal in 2006.

Even as Pro-Vice Chancellor, he continues to mentor young scholars and nurture the talent of graduate students, as he works with them to address pertinent development issues through his research in the areas of demography, gender, poverty and family. Specifically, his recent interests have been in the areas of research capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa, demographic and health outcomes associated with urban poverty, inter-generational transfer of norms governing the gendered stratification of sexuality, the male role and the intersection of gender and power on fertility decision making. Professor Dodoo considers himself a research methodologist and has published widely in the top journals in his fields of interest. His research profile has led to the numerous invitations to international boards, committees and panels, as well as to speaking engagements across the world. He has chaired boards such as the Financial Intelligence Center (FIC), EDAIF (now the EXIM Bank), and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), and he currently chairs the governing board of the African Institute for Development Policy in Nairobi, Kenya.