Chris Opoku-Agyeman, PhD, MPA

Research Associate
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Prior to joining the Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Dr. Opoku-Agyeman was a Visiting Assistant Professor and a Fellow at The University of Akron, Department of Public Administration and The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

His research interests involve the various aspects of organizational behavior and global leadership dynamics, social entrepreneurship (non-profit management, social engagement and human capital investments), local and electronic governance, health-related issues, religious studies, well-being studies, and civic engagement.

Dr. Opoku-Agyeman has more than five years of experience in data analytics and management, has experience teaching and lecturing for over 15 different classes both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has served in various leadership capacities.

Dr. Opoku-Agyeman obtained his doctoral degree in public administration and applied policy and master’s degree in Public Administration at The University of Akron. He also earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Information Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon in Ghana, West-Africa.

Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? I believe my strong research and analytical background has prepared me to provide relevant information in addressing issues related to social inequality in society. The Begun Center offers me the opportunity to use my knowledge and experiences to be proactive in information delivery and be able to provide better information and outcomes to the community and the world at large.

Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? I am passionate about issues revolving around well-being, globalization, crime and violence prevention, health and social justice, poverty and social inequality. I enjoy providing relevant information to people especially the youth, students and adults in the community that will improve their well-being through directed research, and social justice. I am also passionate about the youth and student and giving them the necessary guidance in unleashing their God-given potentials that will enable them experience the pleasure of accomplishment, build up a mindset of winning in life and explore the right opportunities for a successful livelihood. More so, I am passionate about building capacity for human capital development (young talents) through research, teaching, servant leadership and practice.