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, PhD is a co-founder of Afrometrics and Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State University. Dr. Jayawardene received her PhD in African American Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has a Master's degree in African American Studies also 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 lifeways, culture, and identity among African-descended communities in South Asian societies. Dr. Jayawardene is also interested in the Indian Ocean slave trade, African diaspora theories, Black Geographies, Black Digital Humanities, Africana epistemologies, and Black Power politics in South Asia.
Serie McDougal III, PhD is a co-founder of Afrometrics and Professor 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. Dr. McDougal received his PhD in African American Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Christopher Roberts, PhD is the Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. He earned his PhD in Africology and African American Studies from Temple University and holds a Master's degree in Ethnic Studies with emphasis in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Dr. Roberts is a poet and activist whose research interests include Africana aesthetics, Pan African literary criticism, Hiphop, Black Digital Humanities, and radical healing in addressing manifestations of intergenerational trauma and violence among Africana youth.
Mikana Scott, MA is a PhD candidate 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.
Karanja Keita Carroll, PhD is an independent scholar who resides in Montclair, NJ and is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Pan African Studies. His teaching and research interests revolve around African-centered theory & methodology, with an emphasis on social, psychological and political theory.