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Ama Nyame-Mensah, MA, PhD

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2015-2016

Advisor: Dr. Ezekiel Dixon-Roman

Research Interests


Social context

Critical theory

Structural inequities

Critical modes of inquiry

Ama recently defended her dissertation, titled “Generating the Other: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Item Response and Immigrant Generational Status in a Sample of Black and Latinx Children,” under the direction of professors Ezekiel J. Dixon-Román, Vivian L. Gadsden, and John L. Jackson, Jr. In her research, she employs critical methods of analysis and theories of race and culture to identify, engage with, and address issues of equity and difference across a wide range of social policy domains, including education and criminal justice. She is also interested in evaluating the impact of experiential learning programs and interventions that seek to improve the educational, economic, and health well-being of underserved populations. Before pursuing a PhD, Ama worked as a research staff member at the Computing Research Association’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline. She holds a master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy and bachelor’s degree in economics, both from the University of Delaware.

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