Jualynne E. Dodson earned the PhD in Sociology of Religion from the University of California, Berkeley. She is Full Professor of Sociology and African American & African Studies at Michigan State University (MSU) where she was recruited to be the John Hannah Distinguished Visiting Professor. Dodson has authored numerous journal articles, encyclopedia inclusions, book chapters, and books. She is regularly invited to consult and speak nationally as well as internationally, including the United Nation’s Education Scientific and Cultural Organization’s selection of her research on Cuba’s distinct religions to be included in their conference on, “Intangible Heritage, Sharing Cultures” held in Portugal’s Atlantic Ocean Azores Islands. Amid her accomplishments, Dodson is exceptionally proud of organizing the African Atlantic Research Team (AART) and guiding undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community members, through some 25 years of exciting, critical forward thinking, challenging academic research, teaching, and writing.