Research and Creative Interests
- Cultural Studies
- Health Communication
- Gender Studies
Harriet Ayiku is a Ph.D. student at the Indiana University Media School. She spent thirteen years in her home country, Ghana, as an administrator before pursuing her doctorate. Harriet specializes in Health Communication, and her research interests revolve around the convergence of gender studies, public health, cultural studies, and health communication, especially concerning improving health outcomes for underserved populations. She is interested in using health communication approaches to advocate for policy changes that advance health equity for marginalized groups such as racial/ethnic minorities and immigrants in the United States and Ghana. She aims to identify communication and messaging strategies that effectively highlight health disparities, counter misconceptions, and build public and political will for reform.
Harriet has a Master of Business Administration (2014) and a Bachelor of Arts in English (2009) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. She also completed her Master of Philosophy studies in Business Communication at the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana, in 2021.