Michael Yekple

I received a PhD in Security Studies at the University of Central Florida's School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs. Originally hailing from Ghana, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Coast and my Master of Arts degree from the University of Ghana. 

From Fall 2024, I will be a visiting assistant professor at Bowdoin College. 

I conduct research on topics in security studies, international relations, and comparative politics, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, my current research projects focus on peacekeeping effectiveness and civilian protection, political violence, political behavior, voters and foreign policy, and the international politics of Africa.

My scholarly and policy works have been published by African Security Review, the Conversation, and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center.

Prior to my doctoral studies, I occupied roles as a researcher at the Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy—an influential foreign policy institution under Ghana's Foreign Ministry—and at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center, both located in Accra, Ghana. In these positions, my research primarily focused on peace and security in Africa, encompassing topics such as conflict resolution, peacebuilding, terrorism, and the rise of violent extremism in the West African sub-region.