Osei-Mensah Aborampah

Osei-Mensah Aborampah

Professor Emeritus


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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests:

Traditional and modern cultures of Africa; Black America and the Caribbean African; African-American and Afro-Caribbean family and demographic patterns; Women and development in Africa.

Teaching Interests:

Survey of societies and cultures of Black peoples in the Americas and Africa. Extended families in Black societies. Change in African and African-American communities.

Courses Offered:

Africol 100: Black Reality: Survey of African-American Society
Africol 215: Introduction to Black Social and Cultural Traditions
Africol 232: Survey of African Societies and Cultures
Africol 351: Sex, Marriage, and Healthcare in the Afroworld
Africol 352: Extended Families in Black Societies

Selected Publications:

Book: "Extended Families in Africa and the African Diaspora." Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2011. [Co-editor: Niara Sudarkasa]

"Encyclopedia of the Dead: Transgenerational Memories and Cultural Transmission Among the Akan of Ghana," Ghana Studies 7: 115-135, 2006

"Out of the Same Bowl: Religious Beliefs and Practices in the Akan Communities in Ghana and Jamaica," in Fragments of Bone: Neo-African Religions in a New World, edited by Patrick Bellegarde-Smith. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, p. 124-142, 2005

"Intergenerational Cultural Transmission among the Akan of Ghana," Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Volume 2(3/4): 23-38, 2004. [Co-author: Joseph K. Adjaye]

"The State of African-American Families in Milwaukee," in The State of Black Milwaukee, edited by Stanley F. Battle. Milwaukee: Milwaukee Urban League. [Co-author: Antonia Vann], Pp. 39-56, February 2000