Raymond K. Awadzi
Graduate Student | PhD Student
Raymond K. Awadzi is a Ph.D. student of anthropology in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies (GSS), Florida International University. His research focuses on identity politics and its ramifications on political, economic, and socio-cultural developments in Africa and the African diaspora. Raymond received his BA in Political Science and Study of Religions in 2008, and an MPhil in Study of Religions in 2011, all from the University of Ghana, Legon. He obtained an MA in Religious Studies at Florida International University, Miami in 2016 and later enrolled in the Global and Sociocultural Studies Ph.D. Program to pursue his academic aspirations. Raymond has done research in the areas of religion and public spaces, church history, and Christian missions in Africa and the African diaspora. These particularly focused him on the emergence of Pentecostalism in Africa and the African-centered reverse mission among contemporary African diaspora communities in the United States. His current dissertation project delves into the emergent vertical and the horizontal transnational networks among the African diaspora and the ethnic reconstruction processes in the African homeland with a focus on the West African Ewe ethnically based diaspora communities in North America.
Beyond his research endeavors, he also serves as a teaching assistant at Florida International University and an adjunct professor at the University of Ghana. While passionate about developing his Christian leadership calling, Awadzi aspires to address issues of socio-cultural, economic, and political injustices in our worlds through research, teaching, and learning.