Francis is a Professor of Sociology and Demography at The Pennsylvania State University and Professor Regional Institute for Population Studies at the University of Ghana. His intellectual interests focus on sub-Saharan Africa, where his research engagements lie specifically in gendered power in sexual and reproductive decision-making, and on demographic and health outcomes associated with urban poverty. He also has a serious interest in research capacity building on the continent.
Professor Dodoo is widely published in leading international journals in sociology and demography, and he has received close to $7 million dollars in funding for his work over just the last decade from various sources including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the John D. Rockefeller Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)/Department for International Development (DfID), European Union, among others.
In Ghana, Prof. Dodoo serves as an advisor on social and development issues to the President of the Republic of Ghana. He chairs the board of the Ghana Statistical Service, which is charged with delivering the 2010 Census of Ghana, is Vice-Chair of the National Population Council board, and serves as an elected member, representing Convocation, of the University of Ghana Council. Internationally, Prof. Dodoo has also served in consulting and advisory capacities for a number of international organizations, including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the African Development Bank (ADB).
He was elected President of the Ghana Olympic Committee in 2009, and President of the Ghana Athletics Association in 2010. He is himself an avid sportsman, having been selected onto Ghanaian teams in six sports by the age of 20. He represented Ghana in track and field at the Olympic Games four times (1988-1996), and set the All-African Games triple jump record in Nairobi in 1987, a record that still stands today; that year he was selected Sportsman of the Year in Ghana.