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Kuukuwa Andam

Gwendolen Carter Postdoctoral Fellow in African Studies


Kuukuwa Andam is a human rights lawyer, researcher, and academic. She has worked on human rights cases for more than a decade; including providing country conditions expertise for asylum cases in the US and UK, and recently defending twenty-one human rights activists who were arrested and incarcerated in Ho, Ghana, while attending a training conference. She has served as a research consultant, and organized training seminars for staff of multiple international organizations including UNFPA, UNESCO, and RFSU. Her current research interests include the intersection between Afropop music and women’s rights issues, the lived experiences of religious women and human rights issues arising therein, as well as, how the concept of religious freedom is enforced in African countries.

Selected Publications

Andam, Kuukuwa and Dei-Tutu Sena. Sophia Akuffo: Balancing the Equities in International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives, edited by Dawuni, Josephine, and Kuenyehia, Akua (2018). Routledge: New York.

Andam, Kuukuwa and Epprecht, Marc. Sexual Minority Rights in the Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Africa, edited by Lynch, Gabrielle, and VonDoepp, Peter (2020) Routledge: New York.

Epprecht, Marc, Murray, Stephen, Andam, Kuukuwa, Miguel, Francisco, Mbaye, Aminata, and Rudolf, Gaudio. Boy Wives, Female Husbands Twenty Years on: Reflections on Scholarly Activism and the Struggle for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression Rights in Africa in the Canadian Journal of African Studies (2019).


LLM, Cornell University
Ph.D., Queen’s University

Selected Works in Smith Scholarworks