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Jonathan Gayles


Ph.D., Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida
M.S. School Psychology, Winthrop University
B.A., Psychology, Morehouse College


Research Interests

African-American academic performance
Black masculinity
Media Studies


Dr. Jonathan Gayles, Ph.D. is a Professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He previously served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Learning for the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness.  He is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A., Psychology), Winthrop University (M.S., School Psychology) and the University of South Florida (Ph.D., applied anthropology). His primary areas of interest include the anthropology of education, educational policy, Black masculinity, race and ethnicity and critical media studies.


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Peer‐Reviewed Journal Articles

(In Press). Race, Late Bloomers and First‐Year GPA. Educational Research Quarterly.


(2012). Black Macho Redux: Masculinity and Misogyny in Blade. Journal of Popular Culture, 45(2), 284‐300.


2012, White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books (documentary film), California Newsreel.


(In Press). Black Macho Redux: Masculinity and Misogyny in Blade. Journal of Popular Culture.


2008, “Anthropology, Afrocentricity and African American Studies: A Disciplinary Dialogue.”Transforming Anthropology. Volume 16, Number 2, pp. 147-159.


2008,  “Stepping off Stage: Towards a More Reflexive Blackness.” Journal of African American Studies. Volume 12, Number 2, 180-192.


2008, “Black Macho Redux: Masculinity and Misogyny in Blade.” Journal of Popular Culture (In Press).