Inclusion & Diversity Strategies for Youth
Dr. Janet Kwami has 20 plus years of experience in higher education and is a leading expert in gender, digital technologies, and socio-economic development in the Global South. Her research explores social inequalities and the appropriation, use, and impacts of digital technologies. Her work informs policy and best practices on achieving gender equity, developing inclusive practices and diversity in institutions and learning environments, and promoting leadership development for women and girls in STEM fields.
Dr. Kwami is a professor of Communication Studies at Furman University, South Carolina, where she teaches in the Film Studies interdisciplinary minor and is an affiliate faculty member of the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities and leads a bi-annual study away program to Ghana. She is the recipient of Furman’s Meritorious Teaching Award and the 2021 SCICU (South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities) Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Kwami’s professional experience spans a wide variety of roles in the field of mass media including advertising, public relations, journalism, graphic design, multimedia/social media content production and research design.
Dr. Kwami was Co-Principal Investigator on a multi-year National Science Foundation (NSF) research grant to study how marginalized communities in Africa and China self-organize with digital tools. She has published several research reports, as well as journal articles and book chapters including: “ICT4D, Gender Divides, and Development: The Case of Ghana” (with H. Leslie Steeves, in Development Communication in Directed Social Change, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, 2012); “Gender, Entrepreneurship, and Informal Markets in Africa: Understanding How Ghanaian Women Traders Self-organize with Digital Tools” (in Comparative Case Studies on Entrepreneurship in Developed and Developing Countries, 2015); “Development from the Margins? Mobile Technologies, Transnational Mobilities, and Livelihood Practices Among Ghanaian Women Traders” (Communication, Culture & Critique, 2016); “Interrogating Gender Divides in Technology for Education and Development: The Case of the One Laptop per Child Project in Ghana” (with H. Leslie Steeves, Studies in Comparative International Development, 2017); “Social Context in Development Communication: Reflecting on Gender and Information and Communication Technologies for Development in Ghana” (with H. Leslie Steeves, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 2019); and “Gendered Digital Inequities in African Contexts: Measuring and Bridging the Gaps” (Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, 2020).