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Joseph Yaw Asomah

Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba

Dr. Joseph Yaw Asomah is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Manitoba, Canada. He has also taught at St. Thomas University and the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests generally focus on the sociology of the media, political sociology, international development, and criminology. Dr. Asomah has published in both reputable Canadian and International Journals. He can be contacted at


  • 2021–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
  • 2019–2021
    Assistant Professor, St. Thomas University, Fredericton
  • 2018–2019
    Lecturer , University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon


  • 2018 
    University of Saskatchewan, Ph.D. in Sociology
  • 2015 
    University of Manitoba, MA in Sociology
  • 2010 
    London School of Economics and PolitIcal Science (LSE), MSc in Health, Population, and Society
  • 2006 
    University of Ghana, Legon, BA Political Science & Sociology


  • 2020
    Democracy, the public sphere, and power elites: examining the Ghanaian private media’s role in political corruption, Published
  • 2019
    Socio-demographic predictors of political participation among women in Nigeria: Insights from Afrobarometer 2015 Data, Published
  • 2019
    What Are the Key Drivers of Persistent Ghanaian Political Corruption?, Published
  • 2017
    Understanding the Development of Private Policing in South Africa, Published
  • 2015
    The importance of social activism to a Fuller concept of law, Published
  • 2015
    Cultural rights versus human rights: A critical analysis of the trokosi practice in Ghana and the role of civil society, Published
  • 2014
    Understanding the Role of the State in Promoting Capitalist Accumulation: A Case Study of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, Published

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    SSHRC Explore
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    St. Thomas University
  • 2017
    Dr. Rui Feng's Doctoral Research Award
    Doctoral Candidate
    Funding Source:
    University of Saskatchewan
  • 2015
    Dean's Doctoral Award
    Doctoral Student
    Funding Source:
    University of Saskatchewan

Professional Memberships

  • International Sociology Association
  • Canadian Sociological Association