MSU Sociology Professor Emerita Jualynne Dodson inducted as a HistoryMaker

December 8, 2023

The U.S. Library of Congress’s digital repository for the Black experience, The HistoryMakers, now includes MSU Sociology Professor Emerita Jualynne Dodson.  

Dr. Dodson headed the African Atlantic Research Team at Michigan State University where she also taught for more than 20 years. She retired in 2022. 

Dodson has authored numerous publications including Afro-Centric Education: Toward a Non-Deficit Perspective in Services to Families & Children (1983), Engendering Church (2002), and Sacred Spaces and Religious Traditions in Oriente Cuba (2008). 

Dodson has served on the boards of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, the Association for Sociology of Religion, and as a consulting member of the American Council of Learned Societies. She also served on the editorial board of The Journal of Africana Religions. In 2016, Dodson received the A. Wade Smith Award for Lifetime Teaching, Mentoring, and Service from the Association of Black Sociologists. 

She is currently writing a volume tentatively titled Reclaiming Women in African Methodism: A First U.S. Social Movement. This is a follow-up to her previous groundbreaking volume on the topic.