Amar Casey

Professor Casey teaches core curriculum in Africana Studies. He teaches "From Africa to Olmec America: Ancient African Prehistory and History" and "Kemet, Afrocentricity, and the Dawn of Science." Professor Casey is renowned for his actvism and advocacy in Oakland and the greater Bay area. He has organized several grand cultural events, including Oakland's historic annual Kwanzaa celebration.

Dorothy Randall Tsuruta

Dorothy Randall Tsuruta, PhD. is former Chair of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU). She teaches African American literature. Her research interests include womanist theory and advance composition. At SFSU she is faculty advisor to the SFSU Black Studies Journal. Dr. Tsuruta is on National Council for Black Studies Board of Directors. She also serves regularly as a judge for the annual College Language Association Poetry contest (CLA). Dr.

Johnetta G Richards

Johnetta Gladys Richards is a Professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia State University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She has presented at historical conferences, workshops and community venues. Her teaching interests include African American history, African American women and Diasporic studies, in addition to radical social movements of African Americans in the South and women ex-combatants in Zimbabwe. 

Donna Hubbard

Donna Hubbard teaches courses entitled "Law and the Black Community" as well as "Government, the Constitution, and Black Citizens." She also teaches Critical Thinking courses through the College of Ethnic Studies. Professor Hubbard holds a JD and has been teaching at SF State for many years.

Laura D Head


Honored for 35 years of service to SF State's Black/ Africana Studies Department


Dr. Laura Head graduated from San Francisco State College with a B.A. in psychology and then earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan. She returned to San Francisco State University and began teaching in the Black Studies department. She currently teaches courses related to Black people in the United States specifically related to psychology, children, family, women and racism.


Wade Nobles

Dr.Nobles is professor emeritus in the Department of Africana Studies, the School of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University and is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family, Life and Culture, Inc. in Oakland.

Serie McDougal

Serie McDougal, III is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies, in the School of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. He received his B.S. in Sociology from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Additonally, he has a Masters degree in Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Albany, NY, and a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Shawn A Ginwright

Shawn Ginwright is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. In 1989, Dr. Ginwright founded Leadership Excellence Inc. an innovative youth development agency located in Oakland, California that trains African American youth to address pressing social and community problems. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley.