Janet Kwami received her BA in Publishing Studies from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and M.Phil. in Communication Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon. She studied at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a graduate exchange student and received her Ph.D. in Communication and Society from the University of Oregon. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Oregon.
Dr. Kwami’s academic interests include international communication, media studies, digital and social media, women and gender studies, ICT4D, communication for social change, media in Africa and research methods. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, information and communication technologies and socio-economic development. Her current research explores social inequity, and the appropriation, use and impact of digital technologies in the global South, particularly in Ghana, West Africa. She has received a multi-year National Science Foundation (NSF) research grant to study how marginalized communities in Africa and China self-organize with digital tools.
Dr. Kwami’s professional experience spans a wide variety of roles in the field of mass media including advertising, public relations, multimedia production and research design.
She has published articles and research reports in peer-reviewed venues such the International Communication Gazette and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. She teaches in the Film Studies interdisciplinary minor and is an affiliate faculty member at the Shi Center for Sustainability.