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Ama Nyame-Mensah, PhD, MA

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn SP2

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2015-2016

Advisor: Dr. Ezekiel Dixon-Roman

Research Interests

Culture

Social context

Critical modes of inquiry and analysis

Data use in policy and practice settings

Ama Nyame-Mensah, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Master of Science in Social Policy program at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Ama’s core research agenda examines how culture, context, and experiential learning activities shape and shift outcomes across the life course, with a focus on how these socially constructed phenomena affect children and adults from underserved and understudied populations. She is also interested in the application of critical modes of inquiry and analysis to the study of (human) difference as well as strategies for improving data use in policy and practice settings. Before coming to Penn, Ama worked as a research staff member at the Computing Research Association’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline. Ama holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.

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