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Sekhmet Maat (McAllister), PhD

A proud graduate of Temple University’s Department of Africology and African American Studies, the first Ph.D.  program in the discipline, Sekhmet Maat is an African-centered theorist and educator concerned with transforming the consciousness of students.  As ancestor Nana Baffour Amankwatia II (Asa Hilliard) reminds us, the education process for humanity must be about the business of preparing students to understand themselves as divinely inspired beings who have the capacity to create their reality and transform themselves; and by doing so, bring about justice in the universe.  Education, especially within the discipline of Africana Studies, is therefore a sacred process.  Instructors and students begin to understand themselves in relationship to the universe for the sole purpose of recognizing their creative potential through which to fulfill our life’s destiny as agents of change for the liberation of humanity.


PhD, Africology and African American Studies, Temple University

MAR, Religious Thought, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

MA, Africana Studies, State University of New York-Albany

BA, Film Studies/African American Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Courses Taught

Introduction to Africana Studies, African Spiritual Philosophy I & II, African Diaspora, Psychological Impact of Enslavement and Colonization

Research Interests

Africana religion and philosophy; African-centered theory and methodology; Asantean Afrocentric philosophy; Africana queer theory; African/Black psychology

Selected Publications

"Looking Back at the Evolution of James Cone’s Theological Anthropology: A Brief Commentary".  Religions , October 2019, 10, 596.

“Jawanza Eric Clark's African-centered Theology: Is it Tenable?” Thinking Out Loud: Louisville Presbyterian Seminary Presidents’ Blog August 19, 2014.

“Towards an African-centered Approach to Africana Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexed, Identities and Desire: The Kemetic Model of the Cosmological Interactive Self” Critical Sociology, March 2014 Vol. 40.2. pp.239-256.

“African-centered Theory and Methodology in Africana Studies: An Introduction” Sekhmet Ra Em Kht Maat with Karanja Keita Carroll The Journal of Pan African Studies, June 2012 Vol. 5.4. pp. 1-11.

"Words of Wisdom: An Interview with African-centered Psychologist Linda James Myers” The Journal of Pan African Studies, June 2010 Vol. 3.8. pp. 194-203.

 “Legba”. In C.B. Davies and B. M’Bow (Eds.) Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora.  Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO, Inc. 2008.