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M. Amah Edoh '02
Political Science

Amah Edoh

Plainly put, my undergraduate degree in Political Science served as an introduction to how the world works and how to critically analyze the workings of power on a transnational scale. This foundational skillset has proven both invaluable and widely applicable, enabling me to pursue a wide range of interests in the years since, in various areas of the social sciences, in international and domestic settings, and in both program development and academic research.

Seeking to gain a better sense of how Africans were strengthening their own communities, I moved to Lusaka, Zambia after completing my SB in Political Science, to research the practice of community-based volunteers caring for children with HIV/AIDS. This research, which I conducted first as a Fellow for the Center for Reflective Community Practice in MIT's department in Urban Studies, and then as a US Fulbright Scholar, guided the development of a home-based care program still caring for over 100 children in Lusaka, and inspired me to pursue a Masters in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health upon returning to the US. Currently, I am a PhD student in MIT's Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society, where my research interests center on the production of "African-ness" across Western Europe and West Africa, as well as knowledge sharing between academia and social justice organizations.

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