is Professor and Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. She was born in Kumasi, Ghana, and educated at Wesley Girls' High School, Cape Coast, the University of Ghana (LLB (Hons), 1974), the University of Dar es Salaam (LLM, 1978) and Indiana University, Bloomington (Ph.D. Anthropology, 2000).
She was appointed as a Research Fellow at the University of Ghana in 1979 and has also given courses in other schools and faculties in the University. She has also held a visiting appointment at Indiana University, Bloomington, and been a Visiting Fellow at The University of Birmingham and has maintained close working relations with the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town since 1999.
She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Association of African Universities (AAU) and of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). She is also a member of the Governing Board of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), a Board Member of the African Gender Institute and a member of the Steering Committee of SEPHIS, the South-South Exchange Program on the History of Development.
She was elected as a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and has received a number of other awards and fellowships, including the University of Ghana’s Meritorious Service Award for 2007, as well as Ghana’s Order of the Volta (Officer Class) in July 2008.
Manuh is the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of four books and more than thirty published papers. Her publications reflect her research interests in women’s rights and empowerment issues in Ghana and Africa, African development issues, The State, Gender and Women in Ghana; Contemporary African Migrations and higher education in Africa. Her early work focused on women and gender issues in Ghana, but has since moved to include contemporary international migration out of Africa and African higher education. Some of her published papers on Ghanaian migrants have explored issues of identity, both ethnic and national, viz., ‘Ghanaians, ‘Ghanaians, Ghanaian-Canadians and Asantes: Citizenship and Identity among Migrants in Toronto’Africa Today 45(3-4):481-494 (1998); ‘This Place is not Ghana: Gender and Rights Discourse among Ghanaian Migrants in Toronto, Canada.’ Ghana Studies Journal2: 77-95. Earlier papers such as "The Salt Cooperatives in Ada, Ghana" In D.R.F.Taylor and F. Mackenzie (Eds), Development From Within: Survival in Rural Africa. Routledge: London and New York. Ch. 5, pp. 102-124 and "The Asantehema's Court and its Jurisdiction over Women in Asante: A Study in Legal Pluralism" Research Review, (N.S.) Vol. 4, No. 2:50-66 also speak to issues in ethnic identity and governance.
In 2004, she was co-winner with Dr. Kojo Saffu (Brock University, Ontario, Canada) of the USA National Women's Business Council Best Paper in Women's Entrepreneurship Award for their paper on “Strategic Capabilities of Ghanaian Female Business Owners and the Performance of Their Ventures,” presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Johannesburg, South Africa. Her edited book At Home in the World: Contemporary Migration and Development in Ghana and West Africa was published by SubSaharan publishers in late 2005. In 2005, she co-edited (with Amina Mama and Charmaine Pereira) an issue of Feminist Africa on ‘Sexual Cultures.’ In 2007, her book Change And Transformation In Ghana’s Publicly-Funded Universities: A Study of Experiences, Lessons And Opportunities (with Sulley Gariba and Joseph Budu) was published by James Currey, Oxford and Woeli Publications, Accra, while the edited volume Africa after Gender? (with Catherine Cole and Stephan Miescher), was also published by Indiana University Press in 2007.
She is active in the women’s movement in Ghana and is Board Chair of ABANTU for development, and a member of the Steering Committee of NETRIGHT, the coalition for women’s rights in Ghana. She lives in Haatso, near Accra, and has two college-age children.