SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Kirstie Kwarteng

BS (Vanderbilt), MA (SIT Graduate Institute)
  • Research


Kirstie Kwarteng
Department of Development Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Kirstie Kwarteng
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Thesis title:
The Transnational Practices of Second Generation Ghanaians: A Comparative Study (Working Title)
Year of Study:
2nd Year
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Kirstie Kwarteng is PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London in the Department of Development Studies. Her research interests include migration and development, African diaspora populations, second generation immigrant identity, and transnationalism. Prior to beginning her doctorate, she founded The Nana Project, a digital platform dedicated to preserving firsthand accounts of Ghana's history. Kirstie holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management from SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development. In 2016 she was named as one of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30 by the Future of Ghana.

PhD Research

International migration has more than tripled from 77 million international migrants in 1960 to 258 million in 2015 (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). The United States and United Kingdom remain popular destination countries for African immigrants. As such, African immigrant populations are increasing in both the United Kingdom and United States, with London and New York City being heavily affected by this increase. While the experiences of first generation African immigrants in these cities have been researched, the experiences of second generation African immigrants are understudied. Drawing attention to the experiences of second generation immigrants is necessary for understanding future patterns of transnational engagement from diaspora communities.

Using London and New York City as field sites, my research will explore participation in transnational practices among second generation Ghanaians and the factors which influence their decision to participate in transnational practices, namely remittance sending, digital media usage, and activity in diaspora organizations. By examining participation in transnational practices, this study will shed more light on how second generation Ghanaians cultivate and maintain transnational identities, build transnational networks, and organize in their diasporic communities.


  • Boateng, P., Dove, N., Kwarteng, K., & Addai, F. (2018). “Second-Generation British-Ghanaian and ‘Home’: Identity, Engagement and Remittances.” London: Future of Ghana
  • Kwarteng, K. (2016). “The Remittance Objectives of Second-Generation Ghanaian-Americans”. In T. Falola & A. Oyebade (Eds.), The New African Diaspora in the United States (pp. 107-129). New York: Routeldge.
  • Araia, S., Kwarteng, K., Mbanu, N, & Oduro, N. (2015). “Mapping of Nigerian Health and Education Professionals in the United States.” Abuja: International Organization for Migration.


  • Migration and development
  • Diasporas
  • Identity
  • Second generation immigrants
  • Transnationalism
  • Remittances
  • Ghana