Adaugo Pamela Nwakanma is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government with a secondary field in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, as well as a Graduate Research Associate of the Weatherheard Center for International Affairs and a Graduate Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study for the 2021-2022 academic year. Amongst other activities, she researches the political economy of gender and development in various emerging economies with particular emphasis on the African context and the African diaspora. Nwakanma has won several prizes and grants, including the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for the study of women in politics and the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant administered through the American Political Science Association. Prior to her doctoral studies, Nwakanma worked as an Urban Education Fellow and Vice-HBO Translator in New York City. She received her B.A in International Studies-Economics with a secondary field in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego in 2014.