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. I received a M.A in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Canada. I have held different administrative, teaching and research positions in Canada and Ghana including working for international non-governmental organisations focused on development and security, and Ghana's Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Research topic

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

I have broader interests in conflict and security, transitional justice, peacebuilding, the empirical application of international security and human security.

I study how states maintain security by exploring government action towards political violence, conflict, terrorism, and insurgency in sub-Saharan Africa.

Using qualitative methods, I pay particular attention to the variations in security sector responses toward acts of terrorism within a state. I examine whether government elite interests or political interests determine the responses to these acts within areas facing violence. In particular, I investigate the divergent government and military responses to the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

Teaching experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant. "International Security (IR 205)" - 2nd Year course. Michaelmas Term and Lent Term, 2019 - 2020. London School of Economics.

Teaching Assistant. "Introduction to Politics (POLI100)" - 1st Year course. Winter and Spring Term, 2014 - 2015. University of British Columbia.

Academic supervisor

Dr Milli Lake

Research Cluster affiliation

Security and Statecraft Research Cluster


Expertise Details

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