Frank Afari


PhD Researcher in International History and Politics
Areas of expertise
  • Political violence
  • Human rights
  • Transitions to democracy
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • West Africa
  • Ghana

PhD Thesis


PhD Supervisor & 2nd Reader: Aidan Russell and Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Expected completion date: 2021




Frank Afari’s ongoing doctoral research examines the truncations of constitutional governance through coups and their associated human rights violations as well as transitions to democratization through the pursuit of truth, restorative justice, and reconciliation over the longue durée of postcolonial politics in Ghana. Between October 2018 and June 2019, he was a Sylff Research Abroad (SRA) fellow at the Northwestern University’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs (Evanston-Illinois, USA) under the partnership between the Graduate Institute and Northwestern University. He holds bachelor's and MPhil's degrees in History from the University of Ghana.


Research Interests


  • Political Violence
  • Human Rights
  • Transitions to Democratisation
  • Transitional Justice and Truth Commissions
  • Archive Policing
  • Historical Amnesia
  • The Politics of Memorialization


Academic Work Experience


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant at the International History and Politics department


Fellowships, Grants and Awards


The Graduate Institute Excellence Scholarship





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