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Emmanuel Amoako

Ph.D. Student

Emmanuel Amoako


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Emmanuel Owusu Amoako is a Royster Fellow who received a bachelor’s degree in social work and sociology from the University of Ghana in 2018. Emmanuel worked as a teaching assistant with the social work department where he taught quantitative methods in social research. He earned his MSW from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, where he specialized in research and economic development. Previously, Emmanuel worked as a community development officer at the Volta River Authority in Ghana. He also served as a graduate research fellow for social and economic development working on HIV/AIDS related studies in Uganda and Ghana at the Brown School. He currently works with the Health Lab at the University of Chicago as an implementation manager and provides research support on the study aimed at reducing opioid mortality in the Illinois area. His research interests include poverty reduction interventions and policies, such as asset-building and wealth creation strategies that focus on dismantling systems that economically oppress women and their children in under-resourced communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a Ph.D. student, he aims to explore implementation science mechanisms that can be applied to existing asset-building interventions to optimize their poverty mitigation effects. Associate professor David Ansong will serve as Emmanuel’s research mentor.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
BA, University of Ghana

Research and Professional Interests

Poverty Reduction Interventions and Policies