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About Mensah Adinkrah Ph.D.

Mensah Adinkrah, Ph.D., is a broadly trained sociologist with extensive international experience in Africa, Canada, the United States and the South Pacific. He is a criminologist, victimologist, justicologist, penologist, suicidologist and a witchcraft scholar. He also researches and publishes on mortuary beliefs and practices. In addition, Dr. Adinkrah has considerable expertise in military sociology, having completed both a Masters thesis and a Doctoral dissertation on military subculture and military political governance in the West African country of Ghana. Dr. Adinkrah is currently a Full Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Central Michigan University. Dr. Adinkrah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, two Master of Arts degrees in Sociology—one from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and another from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. Mensah Adinkrah obtained his doctorate degree in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Adinkrah has held academic positions at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji (1993-1996) and Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota (1997-2003). In 2000, he won an "Excellence in Teaching Award" at the Metropolitan State University." He also won a similar award--"Excellence in Teaching Award," at Central Michigan University in 2004.
Professor Mensah Adinkrah is the author of the 2015 book, Witchcraft, Witches, and Violence in Ghana (Berghahn Books, 2015). He is also the author of Crime, Deviance & Delinquency in Fiji (1995), Violent Encounters: A Study of Homicide Patterns in Fiji (1996), and numerous scholarly articles some of which have appeared in Homicide Studies, Social Science and Medicine, Violence Against Women, Journal of Family Violence, Child Abuse & Neglect, Aggressive Behavior, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior and Popular Music and Society.
Professor Adinkrah’s current research interests include persecution of alleged witches in Africa, suicide, homicide, Akan mortuary beliefs and practices, as well as violence against women and children. Born and raised in Ghana, Professor Adinkrah is fluent in reading, writing and speaking Twi (Akan).


Present Faculty Member, Central Michigan University


Research Interests

Homicide, Suicide, Homicide-Suicide, Witchcraft, Spousal Murder, Intimate-Partner Violence, Marital Rape, and Mortuary Beliefs and Practices

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  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminology


August 1983 - December 1988 PhD, Washington University in St Louis ‐ Sociology
September 1981 - May 1983 MA, Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario ‐ Sociology
August 1977 - May 1980 B.A. (Honors), University of Ghana, Legon - Accra, Ghana ‐ Sociology

Contact Information

Mensah Adinkrah, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Central Michigan University
126 Anspach Hall
Mount Pleasant. Michigan. 48859
Telephone (989) 774-3367

Books (3)

Articles (40)