Degree: University of California, Berkeley
Jualynne E. Dodson earned the PhD in Sociology of Religion from the University of California, Berkeley. She is Professor of Sociology and African American & African Studies (AAAS) at Michigan State University (MSU) and was recruited by the university as the John Hannah Distinguished Visiting Professor, from which position the administration insisted she join the faculty. Dodson regularly teaches Classical Sociological Theory; Qualitative Research Methods; Contemporary Communities: U.S. African Americans; Developing Society: Cuba, and courses on the African Diaspora. She serves as Founding Director of the Award Winning African Atlantic Research Team that accompanied her move from University of Colorado. She has published on issues of culture and religion of African descendants in the Americas as well as on issues related to qualitative research of these topics. Jualynne Dodson has authored journal articles, encyclopedia inclusions, book chapters, as well as volumes on Engendering Church: Women, Power, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Sacred Spaces: Religious Traditions of Oriente Cuba; and Afro-Centric Education: Toward a Non-Deficit Perspective in Services to Families & Children. She is currently writing a book manuscript, Diaspora Dialogue: The Black Church in Cuba and, with members of the African Atlantic Research Team, looks forward to curating an MSU exhibition on “Modernity and the African Diaspora: Ruth Simms Hamilton.” Dr. Dodson is frequently invited to give Keynote Presentations to civic and community groups in the U.S. and internationally, just as she contributes to national and international professional academic conferences. Her work was selected by UNESCO for their Conference on Sharing Cultures, “Intangible Heritages,” held in the Azores Islands, Portugal.