Ian Yeboah

Professor of Geography
Miami University
209 Shideler Hall
Oxford, Ohio 45056


  • BA (Hons.) 1982, University of Science and Technology
  • MSc 1988, University of Calgary, Canada
  • PhD 1994, University of Calgary, Canada


My research and teaching focus on three areas.  These are globalization and Sub-Saharan African urbanization, migration, and poverty.  My work is situated within two areas of specialization of the department: global development and politics and, urbanization and mobility.  I have supervised a number of graduate students who have gone on to Ph.D. programs all over North America.


  • GEO 101: Global Forces- Local diversity
  • GEO 276: Geography of the Global Economy
  • GEO 301: Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • GEO 475/575:  Global Periphery’s Urbanization
  • GEO 476/576: Global Poverty

Selected Publications


  • 2008: Black African Neo-Diaspora: Ghanaian Immigrant Experiences in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Lexington Books: Lanham, MD., USA

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • 2013: Emerging Urban System Demographic Trends: Informing Ghana's National Urban Policy and Lessons for Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa Today, Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 98-124 (with Codjoe, S.N.A. and Maingi, J.K.)
  • 2013: Producing an Urban System for the Spatial Development of Ghana, African Geographical Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 140-156 (with Codjoe, S.N.A. and Maingi, J.K.)
  • 2011: Insider-outsider collaborations in sub-Saharan African development discourse: easing tensions within the academy, Environment and Planning A 2011, volume 43, pages 2793-94
  • 2008: Ethnic Emancipation and Urban Land Claims: Disenfranchisement of the Ga of Accra, Ghana. Geographical Research, 46(4): 435-445
  • 2007: HIV/AIDS and the Construction of Africa: Heuristic Lessons from the Social Sciences for Policy. Social Science and Medicine, 64: 1128-1150
  • 2006: Subaltern Strategies and Development Practice: Urban Water Privatization in Ghana. The Geographical Journal, 172(1): 50-65
  • 2005: Housing the Urban Poor in Twenty-first Century Sub-Saharan Africa: Policy Mismatch and a Way Forward for Ghana. GeoJournal, 62(1): 147-161
  • 2003: Demographic and Housing Aspects of Structural Adjustment and Emerging Urban Form in Accra, Ghana. AfricaToday, 50(1): 106-119

Other Articles

  • 2011: Thirtieth Anniversary of African Geographical Review: Hisotry, Adoption, Institutionalization, and the Future of the Journal w/Bakama BakamaNume, and Kefa Otiso in African Geographical Review, 30.2, 5-17
  • 2007: Editorial: African Soccer and Brain Drain: Potential Developmental Impacts in African Geographical Review, Vol. 26, 5-9
  • 2006: Editorial: A New Day for African Geography w/William Moseley in African Geographical Review, Vol. 25, 5-9

Book Chapters

  • 2014: Codjoe, S.N.A. and Yeboah, I.E.A. Development Practice and the Production of the Ghanaian Urban System in Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe, Delali Margaret Badasu and Stephen Owusu Kwankye (eds.) Population Studies: Key Issues and Contemporary Trends. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers (in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the University of Ghana)
  • 2012: Identity Politics of Ghanaians in the Greater Cincinnati Area: Emerging Geography and Sociology of Immigrant Experiences in Africans Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands, in John Arthur, Joseph Takougang and Thomas Owusu (eds.) Lanham: Lexington Books
  • 2012: Geography of Globalized Nursing Market: Zimbabwean Nurse Trajectory and Work Experiences in the UK (with Tatenda Mambo) in Africans Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands in John Arthur, Joseph Takougang and Thomas Owusu (eds.) Lanham; Lexington Books.
  • 2010: Historical Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities and Constraints in Sam Aryeetey-Attoh (ed.)Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa, pp. 93-120, 3rd edition. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • 2010: Political Landscape of Sub-Saharan Africa and Emerging Democratic Trend in Sam Aryeetey-Attoh (ed.)Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa, pp. 121-150, 3rd edition. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • 2009: Globalization and Ghanaian Immigrant Trajectories to Cincinnati: Who Benefits? In John Frazier, Joe T. Darden & Norah F. Henry (eds.) The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the dawn of the 21st Century: Global Academic Publishing: Binghamton, New York