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Joseph Asunka

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Joseph Asunka is the CEO of Afrobarometer. Previously, he was Program Officer in the Global Development and Population Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where he managed a portfolio of grants that support efforts to increase transparency and accountability in fiscal governance and foster citizen participation to improve public services in developing countries. 

Before joining Hewlett, Joseph was a lecturer in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he taught courses on African politics, the political economy of development, research methods, and data analysis. Prior to that, he was a program officer at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, where his responsibilities included serving as a data manager for Afrobarometer Network. 

Joseph’s research interests include distributive politics, elections, and electoral processes, and migration. He has published in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Research and Politics, and Population Research and Policy Review. Born in Ghana, Joseph holds first and second degrees in statistics, computer science, and economics from the University of Ghana, Legon, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles.