Richard Aidoo

Richard Aidoo

Professor, Political Science

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Richard Aidoo, Ph.D. is a Professor of Political Science at Coastal Carolina University, where he teaches international and African politics. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Politics) from Miami University in Ohio. His research looks at the politics of economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, Aidoo’s work has focused on engagements between countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Particularly, how African countries continue to work with both Western neoliberal arrangements and the global economic agenda of countries like China. 
He has widely written on China-Africa relations, and other political and economic development issues in Africa. Aidoo is the co-author of “Charting the Roots of Anti-Chinese Populism in Africa”(2015), and editor of “The Politics of Economic Reform in Ghana” published in 2019.


Ph.D. Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Politics)

Interesting Facts

Aidoo is an ardent advocate for education abroad. As part of his programs to Africa and Europe, he  teaches a bi-annual thematic course that incorporates the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT), which allows students to combine course work at CCU with travel to Trondheim, Norway for one of the world’s largest student gatherings.

Teaching Areas

  • Contemporary African Politics
  • International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • China-Africa Diplomacy
  • Politics of Developing Economies
  • Globalization and Human Security Issues

Research Areas

  • China-Africa Relations
  • Political Economy of Sub Saharan Africa
  • African Foreign Policy Issues