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Office Address:

Ebenezer Acquaye Building

Department of History and Political Studies

Staff ID: 6191177






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Qualifications (Degree/Education):

Ph.D. African Studies (Politics and Development)

B.A. (Hons) Social Sciences


 Institutions of Study:

University of Ghana, Legon, 2012

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, 2002


Area of Specialty:

African Studies

Political Studies

Development Studies

Political and Social History


Research Interest:

African Politics

Political Behaviour


Political Economy of Development

Informal Institutions

African Diaspora Studies

Ghanaian Political History


Area of Interest:


West Africa

East Africa

African Diaspora (Western Europe & North America)


Current Employer:

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi


Employment Records & Position Held/Hold:

Head of Department, History and Political Studies

Senior Lecturer, Department of History & Political Studies

Research Fellow, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Uganda

Visiting Research Fellow, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Uganda

Guest Researcher, Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen, Denmark

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Institute of African Studies/ University of Ghana


Professional/Teaching Experience:

Editor-in-Chief (Journal of African Political Economy & Development-JAPAD)

Member, Editorial Advisory Board (African Affairs)

Associate Editor (African Review of Economics and Finance – AREF)

Co-editor, APSA Africa Workshops Alumni Newsletter

Teach and supervise Graduate level programmes

Teach and supervise Undergraduate level programmes


Positions held and hold:

October 2016-March 2017, University of Cambridge, CAS Research Fellow

August 2015 – October 2016: Head of Department, History and Political Studies

August 2015 – date: Senior Lecturer, Department of History & Political Studies

August 2013 – July 2015: Lecturer, Department of History & Political Studies

August 2014 – February 2016: Research Fellow, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda

August – October 2012: Guest Researcher, Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen, Denmark


Honours & Awards:

Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

Visiting Research Fellow, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, 2016 –2017

APSA-Africa Workshop Alumni Professional Development Grant, 2015

Visiting Research Fellow, Makerere University (MISR), May-August, 2014

Participant, Institute for Qualitative and Multi-method Research (IQMR), Syracuse University, NY, June, 2013

Guest Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen, Denmark, August-November, 2012

Participant, American Political Science Association, 2012 Africa Workshop

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada, Prize for Exceptional Research work, 2012

Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant, 2011

African Author Prize, 2010, “The prize is in recognition of excellent African scholarship, which often does not reach audiences outside the African continent.”

Agyeman-Duah Prize for Best Graduate Student in course work, 2007-2008, Institute of African Studies-University of Ghana, Legon, Cash Prize, 2009.



Research is published in the top ranked & high impact factor journals in my area of specialization

Won a number of very competitive and prestigious fellowships

Given talks in several world-renowned universities

First KNUST faculty to serve on Editorial Board of African Affairs, ranked #1 in area studies

Won the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Prize for exceptional Research

Won the distinguished African Author Prize for excellent African scholarship

Won the distinguished Agyeman-Duah Prize for Best Master’s Student


Associations/Affiliations (Contribution & Current Position):

African Studies Association of Africa, member

Ghana Studies Association, US, member

Institute for Qualitative and Multi-method Research (IQMR), US, member

African Politics Conference Group (APCG), member

Historical Society of Ghana, member

CODERSIA, member

International Studies Association, member

American Political Science Association (APSA), member

Association of African Studies UK (ASAUK), member

African Studies Association (ASA), US, member


Publications-Peer Reviewed (or Articles):

Lauren M. MacLean, George M. Bob-Milliar, Liz Baldwin & Elisa Dickey (December, 2016). “The Construction of Citizenship and the Public Provision of Electricity for the 2014 World Cup in Ghana.” The Journal of Modern African Studies, 54 (4): 555-590. DOI:

Bob-Milliar, GM (2016). “Chieftaincy, Diaspora, and Development.” In Kwasi Konadu and Clifford C. Campbell (eds.), The Ghana Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Durham/London: Duke University Press): 390-395. ISBN 0822359847.

Daddieh, CK & GM Bob-Milliar (2016). “In search of Honourable Membership: Parliamentary Primaries and Candidate Selection in Ghana.” In Kwame Ninsin (ed.), Issues in Ghana’s Electoral Politics (Dakar: CODESRIA): 13-32. ISBN 978-2-86978-694-3.

Bob-Milliar, GM & GK Bob-Milliar (2014). “Mobilizing the African Diaspora for Development: The Politics of Dual Citizenship in Ghana.” In Toyin Falola & Kwame Essien (eds.), Pan-Africanism, and the Politics of African Citizenship and Identity (New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group Press): 172-200. ISBN 1135005184.

Bob-Milliar, GM (September, 2014). “Party Youth Activists and Low-Intensity Electoral Violence in Ghana: A Qualitative Study of Party Foot-Soldiers’ Activism.” African Studies Quarterly, 15 (1): 125-152. ISSN: 2152-2448.

Bob-Milliar, GM (September, 2014). “Verandah Boys versus ‘Reactionary Lawyers’: Nationalist Activism in Ghana, 1946–1956,” International Journal of African Historical Studies, 47 (2): 287-318.

Daddieh, CK & GM Bob-Milliar (2014). “Ghana: Institutionalized Two-Party Politics.” In Renske Doorenspleet & Lia Nijzink (eds.). Political Parties, Party Systems and Democracy in Africa(London: Palgrave Macmillan): 107-128. ISBN 978-1-137-01170-1.

Bob-Milliar, GM & GK Bob-Milliar (December, 2013). “The Politics of Trans-Saharan Transit Migration in the Maghreb: Ghanaian Migrants in Libya, c.1980 – 2012.” African Review of Economics & Finance, 5 (1): 60-73.

Bob-Milliar, GM (2013). “Discontent and Aggressive Political Participation in Ghana: the case of Party ‘Foot-Soldiers.” In Erica Shaw & Hayley Mackinnon (eds.), Africa Rising – A Continent’s Future through the Eyes of Emerging Scholars (Waterloo, Canada: CIGI Publication): 37-62.

Bob-Milliar, GM (December, 2012). “Party Factions and Power Blocs in Ghana: A Case Study of Power Politics in the National Democratic Congress Party.” The Journal of Modern African Studies, 50 (4): 573-601. DOI:

Bob-Milliar, GM (August, 2012). “Political Party Activism in Ghana: Factors Influencing the Decision of the Politically Active to Join a Political Party.” Democratization, 19 (4): 668-689. DOI:10.1080/13510347.2011.605998.

Daddieh, CK & Bob-Milliar, GM (April, 2012). “In Search of Honourable Membership: Parliamentary Primaries and Candidate Selection in Ghana.” Journal of Asian and African Studies, 47 (2): 204-220. Doi: 10.1177/0021909611421905.

Bob-Milliar, GM  (August, 2011). “Tenyɔgeyɛng gbengbeng!’ (‘We are holding the Umbrella very tight’): Explaining the Popularity of the NDC in the Upper West Region of Ghana,” Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 18 (3):455-473. DOI:

Bob-Milliar, GM & Franklin Obeng-Odoom (Fall/Winter, 2011). “The Informal Economy is an Employer, a Nuisance, and a Goldmine: Multiple Representations of and Responses to Informality in Accra, Ghana.” Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development, 40(3-4): 263-284.

Bob-Milliar, GM & GK Bob-Milliar (June, 2010). “The Economy and Intra-Party Competition: Presidential Primaries in the New Patriotic Party of Ghana.” African Review of Economics & Finance, 1 (2): 51-71.

Bob-Milliar, GM (October, 2009). “Chieftaincy, Diaspora, and Development: The Institution of Nkɔsuohene in Ghana.” African Affairs, 108 (433): 541-558. Doi: 10.1093/afraf/adp045.


Grants/Funds won with dates:

USD $1,500, APSA Grant, 2015

GBP £7,200, ESID/DFID, 2015

CAD $10,000, Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant, 2011


Research Projects (Current and Past Projects):

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme. The project will focus on the development of historical studies curriculum and staff mentoring, May-August 2017

Sustaining Peace: Making Development Work for the Prevention of Violent Conflicts, UN-World Bank flagship study on preventing violent conflict through development policies, Ghana and Cote d’ Ivoire case studies, December 2016-April 2017

Civil service reform and anti-corruption in developing countries – Ghana Case study, a project funded by DFID and the British Academy, July 2016.

THE NOPOOR PROJECT, the Quality of Governance and Inclusive Development Outcomes: The Ghanaian Experience, the study was sponsored by the NOPOOR research consortium, June 2016.

New Geographies of Hope and Despair, a project funded by Danish Research Council, published as a DIIS Working Paper, “Rescuing Migrants in Libya: The Political Economy of State Responses to Migration Crisis – The Case of Ghana,” DIIS Working Paper 16, December 2012.

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