Next Generation Social Sciences is run out of the Social Science Research Council’s New York office and also draws on local leadership from regional affiliate program management offices.
Currently in its Africa work, the program teams with the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon.

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Staff_2013_Asher_Thomas_WebThomas Asher directs the Next Generation Social Sciences Program. He developed the program from its conceptualization—working initially with former SSRC president Craig Calhoun to run planning meetings and dozens of consultations—to its implementation. Tom additionally has conducted research and written on participatory politics, local and global governance, and the effects of economic liberalization on political life in South Asia. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Francesca Freeman serves as the program assistant and joined in summer 2016. Prior to joining the Council, Francesca worked at The Aegis Trust in Rwanda and STAND: the Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities as the Student Director. She holds a BA in anthropology and comparative race and ethnic studies from the University of Chicago.



AkosuaAkosua Adomako Ampofo leads the Accra program management office, which conducts outreach with universities and prospective applicants. Akosua Adomako also serves on the program board. She currently is Director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon and Professor of African and Gender Studies. She holds a PhD in sociology from Vanderbilt University. She previously served as the first head of the Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy at the University of Ghana, Legon.

AlbertAlbert Awedoba leads outreach for the program. He was educated at the University of Ghana and the University of Oxford, England. Prof. Awedoba holds DPhil, MA, and BA degrees in addition to a Graduate Diploma in social anthropology. He has taught at both graduate and undergraduate levels and supervised a number of student dissertations including doctorates and masters theses. He recently completed a book on health issues intended for children while a fellow at the Bellagio Center.