Pamela Scully

Pamela Scully is a professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and of African studies at Emory University. Her most recent book is the coauthored biography Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography.

Listed in: African Studies · Biography, Women · Biography, Heads of State




In this concise biography, Scully shows us how the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and two-time Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks to many of the key themes of the twenty-first century. Among these are the growing power of women in the arenas of international politics and human rights; the ravaging civil wars of the post–Cold War era in which sexual violence is used as a weapon; and the challenges of transitional justice in building postconflict societies.

“A clear and concise introduction to the woman and to the domestic and international politics that have shaped her personally and professionally.”

Peace A. Medie, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana