Black Psychology, Cultural Theory, African Diaspora, Afrocentric Methodology


Ifetayo M. Flannery is Assistant Professor in Africology and African American Studies at Temple University. She previously served as assistant professor at the founding institution for Black Studies and the only College of Ethnic Studies, 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. She is a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award from San Francisco State University for innovative scholarly research. Dr. Flannery serves as a Board member for NCBS (National Council for Black Studies) and is an active member of professional organizations- Abpsi (Association of Black Psychologist) and ASWAD (Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora).  

Her work specializes in applying theory and methodologies developed within Africology and African American Studies to academic research. She has worked with NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) to evaluate a number of research proposals that would best represent and expand research in the humanities and social sciences. Her published works explore the relationship between human psychology, cultural theory, and narratives of identity through African methodologies. Her current research seeks to explain the relationship between African diasporic ethnic identities and their ethnic origins across national borders. She has spent time in Nigeria specifically to research the impact of Yoruba culture and cosmology on the shaping of cultural practices among African Americans.

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. “The Entanglement of the Disciplines: Why an Afrocentric Methodology to Advance Humanizing Research on People of the African Diaspora.” Journal of Intersectionality 5, no. 1(2022) 28 40.
  • 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. “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

  • Graduate ProSeminar in African American Studies
  • Research Methods in Africology
  • Psychology of the African American Experience
  • African Spiritual Systems
  • Historical Significance of Race in America