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About Jesse Benjamin

I am an interdisciplinary world systems sociologist and anthropologist with interests in theory, critical race theory, epistemology, coloniality/decolonial and development theories, and Pan-African theory and culture. Since 1987, I have conducted fieldwork and research on forced Bedouin resettlement in Israel and Egypt, identity and historiography on the Swahili coast of Kenya, and anti-racist theory and practice in North America. I am honored to serve on the Walter Rodney Foundation Board, as editor of several peer reviewed journals, and to administer the Walter Rodney Speakers Series in Atlanta. I am an experienced higher education administrator and leader, a publisher, a long-practiced diversity consultant and scholar, an activist, and a leader in community engagement.


Present Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Kennesaw State University
Present Associate Professor of International Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development
Present College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University

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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, The Global Art and Ideas Nexus (GAIN)
  • Hosea Williams Award for Community Activism
  • Presidential Diversity Award


  • Principles of Sociology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Race and Ethnicity in the Middle East and its Diasporas
  • Emerging Social Issues in Contemporary Africa
  • Walter Rodney and the Pan-African Groundings: Underdevelopment and Social Justice, Past and Present
  • Identities and Social Groups: From Epistemology to Ethnography/Praxis
  • Identities and Social Conflicts

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Articles (6)

Contributions to Books (17)