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Sakena Young-Scaggs

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Honors Faculty Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Honors Faculty Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Biography

Dr. Sakena Young-Scaggs is an unyielding voice on race, gender, and social justice. After completing both her MDiv and STM at Boston University, she worked and served in Higher Education for over a decade as what she calls an "academic midwife" lending to her contention that we must birth new life every day in the academy and nurture students toward their own success. She has previously served as the Associate Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University and as the Associate Protestant University Chaplain at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. "Rev. Sys,” as called by students, is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and holds leadership positions in her denomination and the local church.

Her Dissertation "Afrofuturism, Womanist Phenomenology, and the Black Imagination: A Liberative Revisioning of Black Humanity" examines the potentiated hope of visioning African Futures through a Womanist Phenomenological analysis. Young-Scaggs is a recipient of the ASU IRC Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship, where her work focuses on the intersections of gender, race, and social justice employing ethics, philosophical, and womanist methodologies.  She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the National Women's Studies Association, and The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, as wells as, serves on several community-based organizations and boards.

Research Interests

Her research areas include Womanist Ethics, Africana Philosophy, religious praxis, human intersubjectivity, and social epistemology as they pertain to human collectives. As an interdisciplinarian, she deploys her research to examine Futurism and innovative approaches to human concerns through the interface of STEM and the Humanities. Young-Scaggs uses her theoretical lens to study women's activism, social movements, intergenerational cultural dynamics, and African cultural practices in the Diaspora and on the Continent.

Research Group

She is a part of The Colonial, the Postcolonial and the Decolonial research cluster at the Institute for Humanities Research at ASU. The cluster aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and production of research across historical, ideological, cultural, material, geographical and epistemological dimensions. Participation is welcome to those interested in all sites and forms of colonial conquest, resistance, complicity, and aftermaths. Monthly meetings are organized around a topic or question selected and led by two or more participants, where they conduct one or more virtual colloquia with members of similar clusters at other sites and host a public event that will contribute to the creation of more inclusive, just, and sustainable futures.

 

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 300Women & Gender Contempry Soc
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 335Gender, Race, & Sex in Sci Fi
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 335Gender, Race, & Sex in Sci Fi
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 380Race, Gender, and Class
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 100Women, Gender, and Society
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 380Race, Gender, and Class
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 300Women & Gender Contempry Soc
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 380Race, Gender, and Class