Sally A. Nuamah
Scholar, Advocate, Filmmaker

BIO

b. 1986, HK.

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Sally A. Nuamah completed her Ph.D. in political science at Northwestern University in June 2016.

Most recently, she was named a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University and a Women and Public Policy fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Currently, she is a professor (tenure track) at Duke University.

Recent Awards

2019 Forbes “30 Under 30” in Education

2018 Advocate Award - African Festival of the Arts/Africa International House 

2018 Global Emerging Leader Award - Global Strategist Association

2016 Under 40 Award in Education- Black Women Organized for Political Action

2016 Nominated Change Maker - White House Council on Women and Girls

2015 Chicago 35 under 35 Leaders Making an Impact - Chicago Scholars

2014 Connecting Cultures Award - Changing Worlds

 Short Bio

Sally A. Nuamah completed her Ph.D. in political science at Northwestern University in June 2016. Most recently, she was named a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University and a Women and Public Policy fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Currently, she is a tenure track professor at Duke University. 

Her dissertation, turned book project, examined the political consequences of school closure for racial equality  and democratic politics. Her work has been supported by a number of grants including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the University of Pennsylvania Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Her current research sits at the intersections of race, gender, public schools and political behavior and has been published in academic journals including the American Education Research Journal and the Journal of Urban Affairs. This work has been featured in public media including the Washington Post and Salon.com. Nuamah’s forthcoming book, How Girls Achieve, is set to be released by Harvard University Press in 2019.

More About Sally Nuamah

In 2011, Sally Nuamah graduated from GWU a recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, Coca-Cola Scholarship and Princeton University Prize award. Most notably, she was awarded the GW Manatt-Trachtenberg Award, presented to a student who has significantly challenged the social and intellectual conscience of the university, inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, and named one of two Distinguished Scholars; the highest mark of distinction at the George Washington University. Sally Nuamah is now a Trustee on the George Washington University Board of Trustees. In addition to her work as an academic, Sally is the founder of the TWII Foundation, which provides college scholarship for low income girls to go to and through college. For her broader work, she has received several awards including a 2018 advocate award by the Africa International House, a 2018 Global Emerging Leader Award by the Global Strategist Association and a 2016 Under 40 Award in Education by Black Women Organized for Political Action. In addition, she has an award winning documentary on girls and education in Ghana, HerStory, The film is now distributed by Discovery Channel Education. To learn more about her film and other work, visit www.herstorythefilm.com.

View select talks from Sally: 

TEDxChicago = "Clapping with One Hand"

Chicago United CID talk = "Closing the Gap, Widening the Net"

Changing Worlds - "A Dream Deferred"