Kwaku Debrah

Kwaku  Debrah
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Political Science


Kwaku joined the Ph.D. program in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University in the fall of 2021.

Kwaku’s research interests lie in the field of Comparative Politics, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly interested in elections, electoral fraud, legislative politics, party system development, and the politics of development. He investigates these topics using quantitative methods.

He previously worked at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ghana. He was the Afrobarometer Assistant Project Manager for Anglophone West Africa and North Africa. He has also worked as a Research Officer at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana). He is a 2015 Southern Voices Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC., and an Afrobarometer fellow at the Inter-University Consortium in Political and Social Research (ICPSR). He was also a 2016 US State Department IVLP fellow in civic leadership.

Kwaku completed his M.A. International Development and Policy (energy policy specialization) at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago. He also graduated from St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, with an M.Phil in Development Studies, and as a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar. He completed his undergraduate studies in Ghana, where he earned a BA, first class honors, in Sociology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.