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Wosene Yefru, PhD

Dr. Wosene Yefru is Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Tennessee State University. From 2007 to 2014, he was the Head of the Department of Africana Studies. Prior to that, he was the Director of Field Studies and conducted research in Egypt. In 2009, he supervised TSU’s First Research Expedition to Egypt. He is the author of several books and articles in referee Journals. In 1998, Dr. Yefru has conducted a major research, along with his students, and surveyed the social and economic conditions of the African American community in Monroe Village, Nashville Tennessee. The research was first published in 1999 and 2008 under the title: “Paradigm Shift and Paradigm Formation for Social Transformation” and became one of the major textbooks for the African American Community course. His most recent publication: “The Nile Valley Civilization: A Historiographical Commentary in Ancient Africa” was published in 2016. Dr. Yefru has revised this book under the new title: “African Centered Critical Thinking: A Historiographical Commentary on the Nile Valley Civilization” and was published in 2019. The book is designed to train students in the field of critical thinking in a concise and clear manner. Students are required to develop a detailed outline and create a theoretical statement for topic such as philosophy as a universal concept; the importance of historical memory; Africa as the cradle of humanity; the importance of institutions building for social, economic, political development of the African American community; understand the elements and the mode of production and how to  manage the resources in its disposal; the African American Family Studies and a methodological framework to reverse the decline of the family since the 1960’s.  Cultural and Physical Anthropology of Africa; Classical African Civilization of Africa are some of the courses he has taught since 1995. He instructed students to write their exposition in the field of Africana Studies to inform, explain and clarify the state of the African American in various fields. Throughout his tenure at TSU, Dr. Yefru has been engaged in research and in nurturing students for their future career. Africana Studies is now a Minor Program” and has become a cultural center for all students at TSU and it is an honor for him to be part of this important mission- a mission of change in pursuit of human dignity and equality for all mankind


PhD, African Studies, Howard University, 1983

MA, Africana Studies and International Relations, Ohio University, 1974

BA, Government, History, and Economics, Wilmington College, 1973

Courses Taught

Cultural and Physical Anthropology of Africa, Classical African Civilization