James Busumtwi-sam

Associate Professor
Political Science

Areas of interest

Research and Supervision Fields:


-Political Economy
-International Relations Theory
-African Politics and Development

Teaching Streams:

-Justice and Law
-Diplomacy, Defence and Development


  • BA (honours), University of Ghana
  • MA, Brock University
  • PhD, University of Toronto


Professor Busumtwi-Sam’s primary interests are in international organization, the political economy of development and security, and international relations theory. He has a regional specialization in African politics and development, and has published on international organizations and regional security, the political economy of macroeconomic policy reform and financial liberalization in developing countries, and international financial institutions. His current research focuses on the institutional bases of collective action in a number of areas in contemporary world politics.


2008. “Contextualizing Human Security: A Deprivation-Vulnerability Approach.” Politics and Society 27 (1): 15-28.

2002. “Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa.” Studies in Comparative International Development 37 (3): 91-118.

1996. “Models of Economic Development in Africa: Lessons from the Experiences of Ghana, 1957-65.” Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 34 (3): 174-198.