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Ama Nyame-Mensah, PhD, MA

  • Postdoctoral Fellow & Research Associate, Penn SP2

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2015-2016

Advisor: Dr. Ezekiel Dixon-Roman

Research Interests


Social context

Critical modes of inquiry and analysis

Data use in policy and practice settings

Dr. Ama Nyame-Mensah is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate in the School of Social Policy & Practice and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current work rethinks whether and how quantitative methods can contribute to a more equitable understanding of marginalized children’s and families’ learning and development. Ama has considerable experience designing research projects, evaluating programs, and implementing strategies for improving organizational data use. Ama holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and degrees in Urban Affairs & Public Policy (Master of Arts) and Economics (Bachelor of Arts) from the University of Delaware.

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