Black Psychology, African American Culture & Ritual, Afrocentric Methodology


Ifetayo M. Flannery is Assistant Professor in Africology and African American Studies at Temple University. She earned her Ph.D from Temple University in Africology in 2016 and was the recipient of the Molefi Kete Asante Founders Award. Dr. Flannery served for five years as an assistant professor at the founding institution for Black Studies and the only College of Ethnic Studies in the world, San Francisco State University. In 2018, she was awarded the W.E.B DuBois Research Fellowship and became a visiting scholar with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst until 2019. Dr. Flannery is also a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award from San Francisco State University for innovative scholarly research. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the DISA (Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement) International Conference and is an active national member of both NCBS (National Council for Black Studies) and ABPsi (Association of Black Psychologists).   

Dr. Flannery’s research specializes in applying and advancing research methodology unique to Africology and African American Studies. Her publications can be found in a variety of journals and texts in addition to her latest edited book titled, An Introduction to Black Psychology. Her research also identifies connections between contemporary cultural patterns in African American psychology and ritual and African tradition. She specializes in analyzing and explaining the relationships between race, culture, and group personalities. She has traveled to many countries within the diaspora and on the African continent to observe and participate in the distinct ways people of African descent understand their relationship to phenomenon and cultural tradition. Dr. Flannery has spent time in Nigeria specifically to research the impact of Yoruba culture and cosmology on the shaping of practices among African Americans. 

Dr. Flannery has been recognized and awarded for research innovation and extraordinary teaching and service. She is invited to speak nationally and internationally primarily on the impact of Africology & African American Studies in the academy and also the interpretation and reimaging of African and African American cultural perspectives.

Selected Publications

Edited Volume

  • Flannery, Ifetayo M. An Introduction to Black Psychology (1st edition). San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing, (2019).

Peer-reviewed Articles

  • Flannery, Ifetayo M. “Where I Find DuBois in the Collective Consciousness of African Americans.” In Seeds of W. E. B. DuBois: Musings, Lineal Impressions & Critical Introspections, ed. by Richard Benson & Whitney Battle-Baptiste. Amhurst, MA: UMass Press, (2021).
  • Flannery, Ifetayo M. “The Entanglement of the Disciplines: Why an Afrocentric Methodology to Advance Humanizing Research on People of the African Diaspora.” Journal of Intersectionality (2021).
  • Flannery, Ifetayo M. “African Diasporic Consciousness: The Historical & Psychological Impact of the Haitian Revolution.” In The Future of African Triumphalism: Elements of Afrofuturism, ed. by Aaron X. Smith. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, (2020).
  • Flannery, Ifetayo M. “Epistemological Reparations: An Afrocentric Approach in Black Studies.” In Africana Urban Education, ed. by James Conyers Jr. & Abul Pitre. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Books, (2020).
  • Flannery, Ifetayo, Yoo, Grace, & Ellen Levine. “Keeping Us All Whole: Acknowledging the Agency of African American Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Systems of Social Support.” Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer 27, no. 7(2019) 2625-2632.
  • Flannery, Ifetayo M. “African Diaspora: Heuristics and Perspective within the Africana Studies Disciplinary Framework.” In Qualitative Methods in Africana Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Examining Africana Phenomena, ed. by James Conyers Jr. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, (2016) 313-328.
  • Flannery, Ifetayo M. "On the Repeal of the Voting Rights Act and the Breadth of the Long Counter Revolution," Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy 16, no. 2(2015) 263-271.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Africology
  • Research Methods in Africology
  • Psychology of the African American Experience
  • The African Diaspora
  • Historical Significance of Race in America