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Obed Mfum-Mensah

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Obed Mfum-Mensah

Associate Professor
B.A., Andrews University
M.Ed., University of Western Ontario
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Mfum-Mensah Academia Information

Recent Research and Publications:

Book Chapters

  • Mfum-Mensah, O. (forthcoming 2013). Negotiating the Trilogy Blackness, “Accentness” and “Africanness”: A “Native-Alien” Professor’s Tale. In K. Akurang-Parry and Charles Hutchison (Eds.) Voices of Immigrant Professors: Historical and Contemporary Challenges & Triumphs
  • Mfum-Mensah, O (2009). Teaching and learning in a developing world context: Understanding the curriculum development for marginalized communities in northern Ghana”. In Wiggan, G., & Hutchison C (Eds.). Global Issues in Education: Pedagogy, Policy, School Practices, and the Minority Experience. Lanham, MD: Roman & Littlefield. 

Book Reviews

  • Mfum-Mensah, O. (2013). A review of Education in a Strange Land: Globalization, Urbanization and Urban schools- The Social and Educational Implications of the Geopolitical Economy by Greg Wiggan. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (paper) ISBN 978-1-61122-647-8 Education Review
  • Mfum-Mensah, O. (2010). A review of Faith in Schools by Amy Stambach. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010. 228 pp. (paper) ISBN 978-0-8047-6851-1. Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 21, 2010 ID Number: 16266. 


  • Mfum-Mensah, O. (2011). Education Collaboration to Promote School Participation in Northern Ghana: A Case Study of a Complementary Education Program. International Journal of Educational Development 31(5), 459-465
  • Mfum-Mensah, O. (2009). An exploratory study of the curriculum development process of a Complementary Education Program for Marginalized Communities in Northern Ghana. Curriculum Inquiry 39(2), 343-367

Current Projects:

  • Education for citizenship, schooling and children at the margins
  • Ideologies and curriculum reforms in English Speaking West Africa
  • Complementary education programs in the developing world

Conference Presentations:

  • Mfum-Mensah, O. (2013). “Revisiting ‘Education for All’ and the Schooling Status for Children with Disabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Paper presented at the 57th Annual CIES Conference, New Orleans, LA March 10-15, 2013
  • Mfum-Mensah, O. (2012) “Educating for citizenship: Schooling, curriculum, and children at the margins in Ghana”. Paper to be presented at 56th Annual CIES conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 22-27.
  • Akukwe G. N. & Mfum-Mensah, O. (2012). “Responding to the social mobility aspirations of marginalized populations through education”. Paper presented at 56th Annual CIES Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 22-27.
  • Mfum-Mensah, O. (2011) “Out of many we are one”: Ideological underpinnings of curriculum reforms in Anglo-West Africa from1980 to present. Paper presented at 55th Annual CIES conference, Montreal, Canada, April 30-May 5.  
  • Mfum-Mensah, O. (2010) Education collaboration for complementary education programs: A case study of Northern Ghana. Paper presented at 54th Annual CIES conference, Chicago, IL, March 1-5.  
  • Mfum-Mensah, O., & Sophia Friedson-Ridenour (2010) Community participation” in complementary education programs: A case study of Northern Ghana. Paper presented at 54th Annual CIES conference, Chicago, IL March 1-5. 

Courses Taught:

  • Education and American Society
  • Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education
  • Comparative and International Education
  • Education in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Advice for First-Year Students...
  • Stay focused and care about the GPA.

Vocational Story :

I decided to pursue educational research and international and development education as a way of advocating for marginalized communities in the developed and the developing world for which access to quality education remains a dream and, therefore, continue to suffer political, economic, social and cultural marginalization.


Gardening, cooking, traveling, and sightseeing.

Favorite Quote:

“Until lions get their own historians, tales about hunting will always glorify the hunter”

- An Ewe-Ghanaian proverb