Ifetayo Flannery

Ifetayo Flannery

Assistant Professor


Email: ifeflann@sfsu.edu

Office Information: 
Ethnic Studies and Psychology
Room Number: 
402 By Appointment Only

Ifetayo M. Flannery is an assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. She earned her Ph.D from Temple University in Africology and African American Studies in 2016 and was the recipient of the Molefi Kete Asante Founders Award. In 2018, Dr. Flannery was awarded the W.E.B DuBois Research Fellowship and served as a visiting scholar to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Flannery is also a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award from San Francisco State University for scholarly research. She serves as the Executive Director for the DISA (Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement) International Conference and is a national member of both NCBS (National Council for Black Studies) and ABPsi (Association of Black Psychologists).  

At SF State, Dr. Flannery currently serves as the Africana Studies Program Coordinator to advance matriculating majors and facilitate recruitment. 


Her publications can be found in a variety of journals and texts in addition to her edited book titled, An Introduction to Black Psychology. She is also a writer and editor for BAMN News (By Any Means Necessary- News) which is a grassroots journal produced by MXGM (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement). Dr. Flannery’s research is dedicated to extending Black Studies and Black Psychology disciplinary frameworks. She utilizes an afrocentric methodology to examine self-determining political, spiritual, and cultural patterns within African diasporic groups. 


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. She is an initiated priestess in the Yoruba religious tradition- IFA, and carries the name Iyanifa Ifamodupe Ifetayo Awodele. Through both the deep spiritual paradigm of this African tradition and the institutional structure of Africana Studies, Dr. Flannery seeks to connect the political consciousness of African people with the spiritual wisdom of African ancestors. 



Research Areas: Black Psychology, Africana Studies/ Afrocentric Methodology, African Spirituality 


Courses offered: 

AFRS 101: Introduction to Africana Studies
AFRS 200: Introduction to Black Psychology
AFRS 111: Black Cultures & Personalities  

ETHS 720: Research Methods in Ethnic Studies