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Ama Nyame-Mensah, MA

  • Candidate, 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 Nyame-Mensah is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Social Welfare program at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2). She currently has two primary research interests. The first concerns the critical study of culture and context, their interconnections, and the role these phenomena play in constructing, regulating and constricting difference. Her second research interest lies at the intersection of intervention research and experiential learning, with a focus on contexts, environments, and interventions that improve the educational, economic, and health well-being of diverse (youth and adult) populations. Her (on-going) dissertation project draws on postcolonial and cultural theory to examine whether multigenerational and intragenerational exposure to the United States sociopolitical system influences Black and Latinx children’s responses to items on a standardized reading assessment.

Before entering SP2’s PhD program in Social Welfare, Ama worked as a research staff member at the Computing Research Association’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline. There, her research focused on understanding the benefits of undergraduate research experiences on the academic and professional aspirations of students from racial and ethnic minority groups. 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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