Learn about our Africology Experts, their educational backgrounds, and areas of specialization.
Paul Easterling, PhD received his degree in Religious Studies from Rice University in Houston, TX. His research interests include African American religous culture, the history of African American religion, 20th century African American Islam, and African American religion and popular culture.
Justin Gammage, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He earned his doctorate in African American Studies at Temple University. His research interests are in the area of Black Political Economy with a specific focus in the history of social movements, past and present, that address factors challenging the social, political and economic security of people of African descent.
Marquita Gammage, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Africana Studies Department at California State University, Northridge. Dr. Gammage earned her PhD in African American Studies from Temple University. Her research interests focus on over and covert representations of racism and sexism, particularly as it pertains to media generated images of Black womanhood, and societal effects of media imagery on Africana females.
Sureshi Jayawardene, MA is a co-founder of Afrometrics and a PhD candidate in African American Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Sureshi has a Master's degree in African American Studies from Northwestern University and a Master's in Ethnic Studies with emphasis in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University. Her research focuses on Africana life and identity in South Asian societies as a result of the Indian Ocean Slave Trade. Sureshi is also interested in the global reach of Black Power, particularly the Dalit Panthers in India.
Serie McDougal III, PhD is a co-founder of Afrometrics and Associate Professor and department chair of Africana Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. He teaches courses on Black Psychology, Research Methods, Introduction to Africana Studies, and Africana Cultures and Personalities. He also teaches the Graduate Seminar in Africana Studies in the Ethnic Studies Master of Arts program. Serie received his PhD in African American Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Christopher Roberts, MA is a PhD candidate in African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He has a Master's degree in Ethnic Studies with emphasis in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Christopher is a poet and activist whose research interests include Africana aesthetics, Pan African literary criticism, Hiphop, and radical healing in addressing manifestations of intergenerational trauma and violence among Africana youth.
Mikana Scott, MA is a PhD student in African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Mikana also completed her Master’s degree in African American Studies at Temple University. Her Master’s thesis was concentrated on an Afrocentric Analysis of Scholarly Literature on the Cayman Islands. Mikana's research interests include the African Diaspora, Caribbean Culture, Colonialism in the Caribbean, and African Spirituality and Resistance.