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Gretchen Bauer, PhD (University of
Wisconsin-Madison, 1994) joined the Department in 1994. She teaches
classes in African politics, African politics and literature, and gender
and politics. She conducts research on women's political leadership in
Africa, with a current focus on women in parliament and cabinet in
Ghana. Professor Bauer has been a visiting researcher at the Institute
for Public Policy Research in Windhoek, Namibia (spring 2002) and at the
University of Botswana in Gaborone (spring 2009). During spring 2016
she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana in Accra. During
fall 2019 she was a senior fellow at the Merian Institute for Advanced
Studies in Africa (MIASA) at the University of Ghana and she returns to
MIASA as co-convenor and senior fellow in spring 2023. At the University
of Delaware, she directed the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)
Mandela Washington Fellowship from 2014 to 2018. Professor Bauer is on
sabbatical leave in Accra, Ghana during 2022-23.
Primaries After Democratic Transitions: Explaining Reforms to Candidate
Selection in Ghana. African Affairs. 2022. 121(483): 275-297.
Co-authored with Susan Dodsworth, Seidu Alidu and Gbensuglo Bukari.
President’s Prerogative’? The Cabinet Appointment Process in Ghana and
the Implications for Gender Parity. Politics & Gender. 2022. 18:
546-573. Co-authored with Akosua Darkwah.
Women in African
Parliaments: Progress and Prospects. In Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso and Toyin
Falola, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies. New
York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021: 335-352.
Party Primaries and
Women’s Representation in Ghana: How Can More Women Aspirants Win? In
Leonardo Arriola, Martha Johnson and Melanie Phillips, eds. Women and
Power in Africa: Aspiring, Campaigning, and Governing. Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 2021: 61-84. Co-authored with Akosua Darkwah.
Inequality and Democracy in Africa. In Gordon Crawford and Abdul-Gafaru
Abdulai, eds. Handbook on Democracy and Development. Cheltenham: Edward
Elgar Publishing, 2021: 409-419.
Global Lessons for Feminism:
African Women’s Political Leadership. In Janelle Hobson, ed. The
Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories: Across the
Diaspora from Ancient Times to the Present. New York: Routledge, 2021:
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