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Peace Adzo Medie

Author of His Only Wife

Peace Adzo Medie is an award-winning scholar and Ghanaian writer. Her debut novel, His Only Wife, is a witty and moving glimpse into family and arranged marriage in modern-day Ghana. In it, she explores social pressures felt by women, and writes deftly about relationships, class, gender, and wealth. His Only Wife was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Time Magazine Must-Read Book of 2020. It was selected for the Reese’s Book Club and named a best book of 2020 by Buzzfeed, Library Journal, and the Chicago Public Library.

Medie is Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol in England. She is also author of Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa, as well as several published short stories. She was born in Liberia and educated in Ghana and the United States. She holds a PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Medie speaks internationally, delivering keynotes and serving on panels at universities as well as the United Nations and the African Union on topics including gender, politics, violence against women, and conflict in Africa.

https://www.peacemedie.com/

Speaking Topics

  • The Promise of Feminism—What is Possible?
  • Writing Women’s Lives: The Power of the Ordinary
  • On Becoming a Writer
  • The Place of Fiction in the Social Sciences


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