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Shamara Alhassan

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302

Shamara Wyllie Alhassan is Assistant Professor of the Black experience in the Americas and Religious Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. She completed her PhD in Africana Studies at Brown University in May 2019. She earned an AM in Africana Studies at Brown University, an MS.Ed in Childhood Education from City University of New York-Hunter College, and a B.A. in Africana Studies and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Dr. Alhassan specializes in Rastafari Studies, Black radical epistemologies, Black women’s intellectual history, Africana philosophy and religion and decolonial research methods. Her current work on Africana women's radical epistemologies focuses on the ways Rastafari women use livity to build Pan-African communities and combat anti-black gendered racism, religious discrimination and racial capitalism in Ghana, Jamaica and Ethiopia. Her dissertation, “Rastafari Women’s Intellectual History and Activism in the Pan-African World,” received the Marie J. Langlois Dissertation Prize for an outstanding dissertation in the area of feminist studies from the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. Her manuscript, Re-Membering the Maternal Goddess: Rastafari Women's Intellectual History and Activism in the Pan-African World is the winner of the 2019 National Women's Association and the University of Illinois Press First Book Prize. Her research awards include the 2018-2019 African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship at Boston College. Her publications appear in Callaloo, the National Political Science Review, and Religions.


B.A. Sarah Lawrence College

M.S.Ed. Hunter College

A.M.  Brown University

Ph.D. Brown University

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 194Special Topics
HST 194Special Topics
PHI 194Special Topics
REL 494Special Topics
HST 494Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 225African American Religion
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
REL 501Research Mthds-Religious Study