ASRI has an international steering committee that consists of faculty members from the University of Michigan, South Africa and Ghana representing various disciplines from political science and health sciences to economics and medical anthropology.

ASRI currently consists of three intersecting subgroups organized around research on Democratic Governance, Income Dynamics and Poverty, and Gender, Health and Development.

Each subgroup endeavors to sustain scholarly partnerships that rely on multi-method approaches to engage in data collection and analysis. This list may expand as new faculty join ASRI or current faculty change or adopt new research interests.

The cross-fertilization among the subgroups through shared research agendas and conferences underscores the value of inter-disciplinary approaches and has contributed greatly to the high visibility that ASRI enjoys on the UM campus and among its partner institutions. ASRI now has a sufficient institutional presence that it was also named as a critical resource in the successfully funded $1.75M Ghana-Michigan PARTNER grant, a 5-year initiative that supports teams of US and Ghanaian interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellows and their mentors to focus on critical global health challenges. ASRI was also included as a key contributor to several grant proposals, including the concept note submitted to USAID for the creation of an Institute of Development put together by ISR and the International Development Lab proposed by Dean Yang at the Ford school for the same grant. A third proposal consisting of a consortium of universities led by UM advanced to the second round of the call for proposals. ASRI contributed to that proposal for the second round and it is now being considered in the third round.

Current Institutional Partners

  • INDEPTH Network
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
  • University of Cape Coast
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Witwatersrand University

International Members

  1. Clement Ahiadeke (Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana)
  2. Rod Alence (Department of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand)
  3. Kofi Awusabo-Asare (University of Cape Coast)
  4. Murray Leibbrandt (School of Economics, University of Cape Town)
  5. Abena Oduro (Department of Economics and Vice-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ghana)
  6. Dori Posel (Population Studies and Economic Studies, University of Kwazulu-Natal
  7. Victor Brobbey, Center for Democratic Development, Accra, Ghana

University of Michigan Members

  1. George Alter (Research Professor, Population Studies Center)
  2. Dave Howell (Associate Director, Center for Political Studies)
  3. James Jackson (Director, Institute for Social Research)
  4. David Lam (Research Professor, Population Studies Center)
  5. Brian Min (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science)
  6. Cheryl Moyer (Assistant Research Professor, Department of Medical Education)
  7. Anne Pitcher (Coordinator, African Social Research Initiative; Professor, Department of Afro-American and African Studies and Department of Political Science)
  8. Rachel Snow (Research Associate Professor, Population Studies, and School of Public Health)
  9. Howard Stein (Professor, Department of Afro-American and African Studies and School of Public Health)
  10. Mark Tessler (Professor, Department of Political Science)