Advisory Board

Joyce E. King, Ph.D.King2

Dr. Joyce King is president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Since 2004, Dr. King has served as the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership and Professor of Educational Policy Studies in the College of Education at Georgia State University.

She previously held senior academic affairs positions as Provost at Spelman College, Associate Provost at Medgar Evers College, CUNY and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Diversity Programs at the University of New Orleans.

She was director of teacher education for twelve years at Santa Clara University and the first head of the Ethnic Studies Department at Mills College. She completed two prestigious leadership programs: the American Council on Education Fellowship at Stanford University with the President, the Vice President for Planning and Management, and the Office for Multicultural Development.

As a W. K. Kellogg National Fellowship recipient, Dr. King also studied women’s leadership and grassroots participation in social change in China, Brazil, France, Kenya, Japan, Mali and Peru.

Dr. King is the author of several dozen highly influential books, articles, and monographs reflective of her research interests. Her expertise emcompasses cultural knowledge, Diaspora literacy and heritage knowledge in teaching and teacher preparation. Her work addresses Black teachers’ emancipatory pedagogy, curriculum change, Black studies theorizing in education, Black education and global education.

Her publications include the Harvard Educational Review, The Handbook of Research on Black Education, The Handbook of Research on Teacher Education and Voices of Historical and Contemporary Black Pioneers. In addition, Dr. King organized and edited a landmark book, Black Education: A Transformative Research and Action Agenda for the New Century that was published for the American Educational Research Association (2005).

She has served as co-editor of the top-ranked Review of Educational Research, and her concept of “dysconscious racism” continues to influence research and practice in education and sociology in the U.S. and other countries. King

A forthcoming book produced in collaboration with teacher educators and classroom teachers is: “Re-membering” History in Student and Teacher Learning: An Afrocentric and Culturally Informed Praxis.


  • Ph.D., Social foundations of Education, Stanford University
  • B.A. in Sociology, Stanford University
  • Certificate from the Harvard Institute in Educational Management.


Sulayman  S. Nyang, Ph.D.                      Nyang

Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang is Professor of African Studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  From 1975 to 1978 he served as Deputy Ambassador and Head of Chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Following his diplomatic career, he immigrated to the United States and returned to academic life at Howard University where he later assumed the position of department chair from 1986 to 1993. He also serves as co-director of Muslims in the American Public Square, a research project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Professor Nyang has served as consultant to several national and international agencies. He has served on the boards of the African Studies Association, the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He is listed on the editorial boards of several national and international scholarly journals and has lectured on college campuses in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Dr. Nyang has written extensively on Islamic, African and Middle Eastern affairs.  His best known works are Islam, Christianity and African Identity (1984), A Line in the Sand: Saudi Arabia’s Role in the Gulf War (1995) co-authored with Evan Heindricks, and Religious Plurality in Africa, co-edited with Jacob Olupona. His last book was Islam in the United States of America (1999).

Professor Nyang has also contributed over a dozen nyang2chapters in books edited by colleagues writing on Islamic, African and Middle Eastern subjects. His numerous scholarly pieces have appeared in African, American, European and Asian journals.


  • Ph.D. Government, University of Virginia, 1974
  • M.A. Public Administration, University of Virginia, 1971
  • B.A. Political Science, Hampton University, 1969


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