Scholar, Advocate, Filmmaker

About me

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.  In the fall of 2018, she will begin a tenure track professor position at Duke University. 

Her dissertation 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. 

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 consults and conducts research across the U.S, Ghana and South Africa for a number of groups including the American Bar Foundation, the United States AID for International Development and the United Nations Foundation. Her work primarily focuses on how policies influence disadvantaged groups and the ways in which groups can work together to resolve important policy issues through education. For her broader work, she was recently selected by the Changing Worlds organization as one of its 2014 "Connecting Cultures" honorees and by Chicago Scholars for its "35 under 35" Leaders Making an Impact. In addition, her documentary on girls and education in Ghana, HerStory, was recently awarded " Best Educational Documentary" from PBS Top 25 International Film Festival, Bare Bones. The film is now distributed by Discovery Channel Education. To learn more about her film and other work, visit


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"