Coe's research focuses on West Africa, focused particularly on West African immigration to the United States. Overarching themes in Coe's writings include kinship, political belonging, and the state. In this capacity, she has examined the separation of parents from their children and the niche employment field for West African migrants of elder-care work, on which she has published widely.
Analyzes the establishment of elder care work as a niche of African immigrant communities and networks. Explores the racialized, gendered, and age hierarchies that African immigrants enter into, and their subsequent lack of economic and social mobility.
Explains why Ghanaian migrants are forced to return in Ghana when they retire from elder-care work in the United States.
Analyzes the ways that the United States' definition of family in family reunification and international adoption policies constrains Ghanaian immigrants who wish to support their nieces and nephews to succeed in life.
Examines migration from Ghana and the effect of the subsequent separation of families on those living in Ghana and abroad.
Explains the constraints on Ghanaian transnational families in raising their young children in the United States.