Dr. Jessie Benjamin

Dr. Jessie Benjamin

Jesse Benjamin is an interdisciplinary scholar/activist, professor in the department of sociology and criminal Justice, and the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development, past Coordinator of African and African Diaspora Studies, and the first RISE Research Scholar in the new Radow Institute for Social Equity (“recognized for his scholarly work in the areas of social justice, equity and economic inequality as they relate to race”), at Kennesaw State University, in Atlanta. Dr. Benjamin is a cultural anthropologist (BA 1992, MA 1996) and world historical systems sociologist (PhD 2002, SUNY Binghamton) with a broad focus on the sociology of race, Pan-Africanism, decolonial theory, epistemology, human rights and development. His fieldwork and research focus on issues of identity, race and historiography in North America, Israel and Egypt, coastal Kenya, and the Kurdish world. His recently authored/edited books include:

Decolonial Marxism: Essays from the Pan-African Revolution (by Walter Rodney, forthcoming 2022)

Race and Ethnicity: Difference and Decolonization (2020)

The Groundings With My Brothers (2019)

The Russian Revolution: A View from the Third World (2018)

Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies in West Africa: Beyond Right and Wrong (2015)

Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies: Global Perspectives (2014)

His more than 80 publications have appeared in the UNESCO History of Africa, Vol. X; Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral; Black Power Encyclopedia; Contesting Identities: The Mijikenda and their Neighbors in Kenyan Coastal Society; Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, and journals such as: Monthly Review, Review of African Political Economy, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Groundings, Phylon, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Africa is a Country, Z Magazine, Journal of Global Initiatives, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars Bulletin, and World History Bulletin. A Board Member at the Walter Rodney Foundation, he founded the Walter Rodney Public Speakers Series and has won numerous awards for his teaching, diversity leadership, and community engagement. He has been an anti- racist human rights activist everywhere he’s lived: Brooklyn, Israel/Palestine, Egypt, London, Kenya, upstate New York, Minnesota, Georgia.