Alumni Ambassadors

Gretchen Bauer

Gretchen Bauer
Job title
Academic year
January 2016 - June 2016
Political Science
Gender and Politics in Ghana

Gretchen is a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware (UD) where she teaches African politics, comparative politics, and gender and politics in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Gretchen was also the founding director and director for the first five years of UD’s Young African Leaders’ Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) summer civic leadership institutes. She conducts research on women’s political leadership in Africa. For the last several years she has focused on women in political office in Ghana, together with her research partner and co-author at the University of Ghana in Accra. They have several co-authored publications.

During her Fulbright, Gretchen taught gender and international relations to graduate students at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) and conducted research through the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) at the University of Ghana. Since completing her Fulbright experience, Gretchen has returned to Ghana regularly for teaching and research, including teaching during the summer in the international relations graduate program at Webster University Ghana. She has been a resident Senior Fellow at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) and non-resident Democracy and Development Fellow at the Centre for Democracy and Development Ghana (CDD-GH). Gretchen has ongoing research collaborations with University of Ghana scholars and since her Fulbright she has led a study abroad program to Ghana for University of Delaware undergraduate students.

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  • Forming lasting research collaborations with host country scholars.
  • Returning to my host country on a fellowship or for more teaching and mentoring. 
  • Taking your children on your Fulbright.
  • Applying a few times until you finally get a Fulbright!