Director - Dr. Felix Kumah-Abiwu
Dr. Felix Kumah-Abiwu is the Founding Director of the Center for African Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from West Virginia University. He also studied at Ohio University and the Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), University of Ghana. Before he joined the Department of Pan-African Studies, Dr. Kumah-Abiwu taught various courses in Africana Studies at Eastern Illinois University.
His research focuses on the politics of development, African security issues, elections and democratization in Africa, foreign policy analysis, social movements (African diaspora), African American males/public education as well as global narcotics policy. Dr. Kumah-Abiwu has presented his research papers at national (USA) and international conferences. In 2015 and 2017, Dr. Kumah-Abiwu presented his research papers at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. He also participated and presented papers at international conferences in Hamilton, Bermuda (2016), Dublin, Ireland (2018), Vienna, Austria (2019), Mauritius (2019), and Dunedin, New Zealand (2019).
He is the author of The Dynamics of U.S. Narcotics Policy Change: Implications for the Global Narcotics Regime (2012). In addition to his other published book chapters, he has contributed a chapter on the security challenges of drug trafficking in West Africa to a volume published by the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE). Dr. Kumah-Abiwu’s scholarly articles have also appeared in the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs (The Round Table), Journal of Pan African Studies, West Africa Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Urban Education, Journal of Men’s Studies, Journal of Economics/Sustainable Development, and Commonwealth & Comparative Politics.