The Women in Public Service Project is pleased to welcome Dr. Josephine Dawuni as a Wilson Center Global Fellow. Global Fellows are non-residential scholars who strengthen our global network of thought-leaders and who produce research, timely analysis, and new ideas to amplify the mission and goals of the Center. Global Fellows contribute to the ongoing work of the Center’s programs and serve as an integral part of the overall intellectual community of the Center.

Dr. Dawuni is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University where she teaches courses on African politics. Her research draws on various theoretical strands including feminist legal theories and postcolonial feminism in interrogating women in the legal professions in Africa. She is the editor (with Gretchen Bauer) of "Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From Obscurity to Parity?", the first book on women in African judiciaries. She is currently working on a second book (co-edited with Judge Akua Kuenyehia) on “African Women Judges on International Courts” (forthcoming 2017, Routledge). In 2015 she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law iCourts Program where she conducted research on African women on international courts and tribunals. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship to undertake a project at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana. She is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL) which focuses on enhancing the capacity of women in the legal professions in Africa and the Diaspora through training, mentoring and research programs. In addition, she sits on the Board of the African Research Academies for Women (ARA-W). She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of International Politics and Development (JIPAD). Her research has appeared in journals such as Studies in Gender and Development in Africa, Journal of African Law and Africa Today. In 2016, she received the White House Presidential Award for her service on the Board of ARA-W. She frequently travels and makes presentations at international conferences and workshops.

As a Global Fellow, Dr. Dawuni will research women in judiciaries across Africa within national jurisdictions and on international courts. Her work will contribute to the overall evidence base around women in leadership positions globally by filling critical knowledge gaps around women in the judiciary sector.

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