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Department of Pan African Studies



Pan African Studies
221 Santa Susana Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8315

Hours: M-F (8 a.m. to 5 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-3311
Fax: (818) 677-3619



Marquita Pellerin, Ph.D.



Marquita Pellerin

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. 2011, Major: African American Studies, Temple University Graduate School, Philadelphia, PA - Dissertation Title: Perceptions of African American Females: An Examination of Black Women's Images in Rap Music Videos 
  • M.A., 2007, Major: Africana Studies, SUNY Albany Graduate School, Albany, NY       
  • B.A., 2006, Major: Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), Howard University College of Arts and Sciences, Washington, D.C. 

Courses Taught

  • PAS 221 - The Social Environment of African Americans 
    PAS 300 - Contemporary Issues of the African American Community
    PAS 322 - The African American Family 
    PAS 420 - The Black Child 

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • • Pellerin, M.M. (2012). Benefits of Afrocentricity in Exploring Social Phenomena: Understanding Afrocentricity as a Social Science Methodology. The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.5, no.4, June 2012, 149-160.

  • • Pellerin, M.M. (2012). Defining Africana Womanhood: Developing an Africana Womanism Methodology. Western Journal of Black Studies, vol 36, no.1, Spring 2012, 76-85.

  • • Pellerin, M.M. (2011). "Perceptions of African American Females: An Examination of Black Women's Images in Rap music Videos." PhD dissertation, Department of African American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

  • • Pellerin, M. M. (2011). Critically Evaluating Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Commitment to African Literary Essence Through Her Work 'Half of a Yellow Sun'. Imhotep: Africana Studies Graduate Student Journal, vol.2, no.1, April 2011, 21-34.

  • • Pellerin, M. M. (2009). A Blueprint for Black/Africana Studies: An Overview for African/African American/African Caribbean Studies. The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.2, no.10, June 2009, 42-63.

  • • Pellerin, M. M. (2008). Batwa, Encyclopedia of African Religion, edited by Molefi Asante and Ama Mazama, vol.1, pg. 114.  SAGE Publication Inc, 2008.

  • • Pellerin, M. M. (2008). Shilluk, Encyclopedia of African Religion, edited by Molefi Asante and Ama Mazama, vol. 2. SAGE Publication Inc, 2008.

  • • Pellerin, M. M. (2005). The Power of the Image: Rap Music Videos and the Representations of African American Females in the Hip-Hop Culture, Ronald E. McNair Journal of Research, 48-51.

Research and Interests

My research area is focused on an agency driven approach to understanding overt and covert representations of race and gender. I have a specialization in research methods and statistics and therefore seek to engage in scholastic endeavors that advance the methodological approaches in the discipline of Africana Studies, and more specifically the contemporary understanding of Black womanhood. My scholarly interests range from the historical representations of race to the social structures behind the creation and continuation of racism and misogyny. Accordingly, I have researched and developed several projects that aim to contribute to the field of Africana Studies. Currently, I am preparing a book manuscript that will focus on the export nature and impact of media in affecting perceptions of Black women. Additionally, I am working under the RIMI Tiered Mentoring Associate program on a research proposal exploring the impact of Hip Hop on the health and wellness of African American women.