Jemima Ackah-Arthur

Jemima Ackah-Arthur

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

English, French
Key Expertise
Political Violence, Conflict, Terrorism

About me

I hold a B.A in Political Science with French from the University of Ghana, Ghana and a M.A in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. I have held different teaching, research and administrative positions working with an international non-governmental organization focused on development and security, the Foreign Affairs ministry in Ghana as well as UBC. 

Research topic

State Responses to Terrorism in sub-Saharan Africa in the 21st Century

I have broader interests in conflict and security, transitional justice, peace-building, the empirical application of the concepts of international security and human security in Africa.

I am mainly interested in political violence, conflict, terrorism and insurgency in sub-Saharan Africa.

Using qualitative methods, I pay particular attention to the variations in government responses to acts of terrorism with emphasis on whether or not political interest by government elites in terrorism-affected areas within the state determine government responses. My research further investigates the different securitization efforts by non-state actors and entities that may assist terrorism-affected states in responding to such security threats.

Teaching experience

Teaching Assistant for first year Winter and  Spring courses "Introduction to Politics - POLI100" at the University of British Columbia, 2014 - 2015.

Academic supervisors

Dr Milli Lake

Professor Tomila Lankina



Expertise Details

conflict and security; terrorism; transitional justice; peace-building; African security relations