Jualynne Dodson


Jualynne Dodson

  • Title: Professor
  • Email: dodsonj2@msu.edu    Phone: 517-432-8669
  • Office: 300 Berkey Hall

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 is 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, book reviews as well as volumes on Engendering Church: Women, Power, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Sacred Spaces: Religious Traditions of Oriente Cuba; Afro-Centric Education: Toward a Non-Deficit Perspective in Services to Families & Children and Co-edited Religion, Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora. She also was commissioned to write bibliographic essay, “The African Methodist Episcopal Church” for Oxford Online Bibliographies for African American Studies, Oxford University Press. She is currently writing a book manuscript tentatively titled, Diaspora Dialogue: Religion in The African Diaspora.

Dr. Dodson is frequently invited as Keynote Presenter to professional academic groups in the U.S., is a regular outside reviewer for academic journals and presses just as she contributes to national and international professional academic conferences. Dodson was awarded the A. Wade Smith Award for Lifetime Teaching, Mentoring and Service by the Association of Black Sociologists. Dodson also serves on governing boards of the Association for Sociology of Religion, Research Committee on Sociology of Religion (RC22) of the International Sociology Association, Chairs the Mentoring Committee for the Association for WorldWide Study of the African Diaspora and is an Ambassador for the American Academy of Religion. Her work was selected by UNESCO for their Conference on Sharing Cultures, “Intangible Heritages,” held in the Azores Islands, Portugal.

Research Areas: Migration
Selected Publications:

1) “Church Women’s Legacy of Power: U.S. African Methodist Episcopal Church,” in Religion, Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora, Editors; William Ackah, Jualynne Dodson and Drew Smith. At Press, Routledge Press Studies in Religion Series.

2) “Contextualizing Women And Distinct Religious Practices In Oriente Cuba.” to Oxford University Symposium, Oxford University, UK, Accepted for publication, Journal of Academic Perspectives, Vol 2015 no2.

3) “Cuba’s Distinct Religious Traditions: Better Social Changes Come Oh Sooo slowly,” The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics, Stan Brunn editor, Springer Press: 199-209.

4) “On Roy Bryce LaPorte, Women, Power and Church: A Research Scholar Meets the African Diaspora in the Caribbean.” Submitted for publication to Wadabagei, Journal of the Caribbean, October.

5)“Qualitative Field Research – Methods and Theory,” Method(e)s African Social Sciences Methodology/Revue africaine de méthodlogie des sciences sociales, Journal, Council Development Social Science Research in Africa: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23754745.2015.1017292.

6) Editing Author, “African American Theologians, Religious Scholars, Pastors and Activists Endorsement Statement” of United Nation’s Resolution 68/237 and Demanding Shurches, Seminaries, and International Ecumenical Bodies Break Silence on Matters Pertaining to the Well-being of Peoples of African descent.” San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Francisco, California, December.

7) Cuba’s Distinct Religious Traditions.” In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd edition, edited by George Ritzer. Maiden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

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