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Shamara Wyllie Alhassan

Shamara Wyllie Alhassan is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with a focus on the Black Experience in the Americas in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. She specializes in Rastafari Studies, Black radical thought, Africana gender theory, Africana Religious Studies and decolonial research methods. Her current work on Africana women’s radical epistemologies focuses on the ways Rastafari women use their livity to build Pan-African communities and combat anti-black gendered racism, religious discrimination and racial capitalism in Ghana and Jamaica. Her manuscript, Re-Membering the Maternal Goddess: Rastafari Women’s Intellectual History and Activism in the Pan-African World is the winner of the 2019 National Women’s Association and the University of Illinois Press First Book Prize.