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Bayyinah Jeffries

Dr. Bayyinah Jeffries

Associate Professor

African American Studies
31 S. Court St.

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Ph.D. in African American and African Studies from Michigan State University

M.A. in African American and African Studies from Ohio State University

B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Temple University

Research Interests

Dr. Jeffries’ research focuses on African American social movements, Black Nationalism, African American women’s history, 20th century African American history, issues of identity in relation to the intersection of race, gender and nationalism, African American expressions of self-determination and activism, and comparative black history.

Courses Taught

At Ohio University

  • AAS 3450 The Black Woman
  • AAS 3460 Black Men and Masculinities

At other institutions

  • Early African American History to 1877
  • Introduction to Race & Culture Studies
  • African American History from 1877
  • The Africana Peer-Mentoring Experience
  • African American Social Movements from 1865
  • Contemporary Issues in the African American Community
  • Contemporary Black Women’s Issues
  • Africana Women in Popular Culture
  • “A Search For Identity:” The History of Black Nationalism in the U.S.
  • The American Ethnic and Racial Experience
  • The Evolution of American Thought
  • Research-Mentoring in Black American and Diasporic Studies
  • African American Leadership, Survival and Activism


“A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women”: African American Muslim Women in the NOI, 1950 to1975 Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (forthcoming)

“African American Activism & Reform: The Muslim Community Contribution, 1960-1975” in Africana Islam. Ed. James Conyers, Jr. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (forthcoming)

“Raising Her Voice:’ Writings By, For & About Women in Muhammad Speaks Newspaper, 1961-1975” African American Consciousness: Past & Present. Ed. James Conyers, Jr. New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, Africana Studies (serial), Vol 4. (2012): 145-173.

“Ritual, Leadership, and Community-Building: The Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference,” co-authored with Bayyinah S. Jeffries, Africalogical Perspectives, 5, no. 1 (Sept./Oct. 2008): 27-44.

“Islam.” In The Female Slave: An Encyclopedia of Daily Life during Slavery in the United States, Greenwood Press, (2012), 145-146.

“Swahili.” In Encyclopedia of African Religions, eds. Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama. California: SAGE Publications, Inc., (2008), 640-641.

“Orisha.” In Encyclopedia of African Religions, eds. Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama. California: SAGE Publications, Inc., (2008), 509-510.

Selected Grants/Awards

“Students of Color Two-Day Summer High School Symposium” – Eastern Washington University, 2013.

College of Behavioral Sciences Dean’s Summer Research Grant – California State University, 2012.

Arts & Letters Dissertation Completion Fellowship – Michigan State University, 2008.

Selected University Service

Member, College Course and Program Approval Committee – Eastern Washington University, 2013-2014.

Founder, Organizer and Lecturer, Africana Community Course – Spokane, WA, 2013-2014

Founder and Organizer, “Keepers of the Dream” Award & Recognition Ceremony – Eastern Washington University, 2013-2014

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