Vice President – Serving through 2023
Gretchen Bauer is professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware where she teaches African politics, African politics and literature, and gender and politics. She researches women’s political leadership in Africa, with a recent focus on women in parliament and cabinet in Ghana. Professor Bauer has been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Public Policy Research in Windhoek, Namibia (2002) and at the University of Botswana in Gaborone (2009), and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana in Accra (2016). During 2019 she was a senior fellow at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) at the University of Ghana and during 2023 a co-convenor and senior fellow at MIASA. She is the co-editor of Women in African Parliaments (2006), Women in Executive Power: A Global Overview (2011), and Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From Obscurity to Parity (2016) and author or co-author of dozens of articles and book chapters. At the University of Delaware, she directed the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship from 2014 to 2018.