Tiffany Caesar

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Africology and African American Studies


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  • Ph.D., African American and African Studies (graduate certificate in African Studies and Urban Education), Michigan State University, 2019
  • MA, Pan-African Studies, University of Louisville, 2013
  • BA, English, Truman State University, 2008

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Caesar's work dwells in Africana women in educational leadership in South Africa and the United States, African Centered Education, Womanism, Pan-Africanism, and Cultural Heritage Preservation. Her scholarship includes Community Sustainability, African Spirituality, and Digital Humanities as well. As an African Centered Educator, she has taught in Cameroon, South Africa, and the United States in various schools improving school environments and curriculums. She has partaken in cultural heritage preservation initiatives in the United States and South Africa, collaborating with Stellenbosch University Museum, the Nelson Mandela Museum, Michigan State University Museum, and the Hush House Community Museum and Leadership Training Institute on educational programming and international partnerships. Dr. Caesar has promoted African Centered literacy initiatives at Timbuktu Academy in Detroit, enhancing reading skills using African Centered strategies. In addition, she has written a children book called "Where Is Bobby" that tackles issues of police brutality in the black family.

Publications and Presentations

Journal Articles
  • "Pan-Africanism and Education: An Exploratory Study of African Centered Schools in Cameroon and South Africa". Common Wealth Youth and Development Journal. Pretoria, UNISA Press.
  • 2016 (Published Peer-Reviewed Journal-Article)
  • 'Phyllis Ntantala-Jordan and Gladstone Mxolisi Ntlabati: South African Exiles In Detroit and the Anti-Apartheid Movement", International Journal of African Renaissance Studies - Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinarity. Pretoria, UNISA Press. (Peer-Reviewed Journal Article Under Review)
  • "It Doesn't Quite Translate...The Relationship Between Africans and African Americans on the Truman State University Campus". The McNair Scholarly Review. Kirksville, Truman State University Press. 2007 (Published Article)

Book Chapters

  • "Africana Woman Leaders of African Centered Education: A Portraiture of Mothering, Pan-Africanism, and Nation-Building in Africa" in the book New Frontiers in The Study of the Global African Diaspora: Between Uncharted Themes and Alternative Representation, Eds. Rita Kiki Edozi, Glenn A. Chambers, and Tama Hamilton-Wray. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2018: 117-133


  • "The Importance of Black Cultural Heritage Institutions in Detroit: The Hush House Community Museum and Leadership Training Institute". National Organization of Minority Architect Camp Tour (July, 2019)
  • "The African Diaspora: Perspectives from an African American and the Continued Relationship With Africa". African Tea Time at Michigan State University African Studies Center (October, 2018)
  • "Detroit: The Anti-Apartheid Struggle & African Liberation Movements." MSU Detroit Center –presented research on a South African exile Phyllis Ntantala- Jordan on the panel Detroit:– (October, 2018)
  • "The Anti-Apartheid Struggle and African Liberation Movements Cultural Heritage and Academic Tour in South Africa". presented current research at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, Nelson Mandela University, Stellenbosch University, and the University of Fort Hare (August, 2018)
  • "Revisiting Phyllis Ntantala: From the Transkei To Michigan". presented at The Role of Civil Society in Advancing a Women's Agenda Seminar at the Nelson Mandela's Museum on Women's Day, Mthatha, SA (August, 2017)
  • "Africana Women Leaders: A Mothering Praxis in African Centered Education". presented on the Black Studies In The African World Part II Panel, National Conference of Black Studies, Houston, TX (March, 2017)
  • "Black Women Educators in Africa and The African Diaspora: Globalizing A Critical Black Pedagogy". presented at Michigan State University African Studies Center Eye on Africa Series, East Lansing, MI (November, 2016)
  • "Legacies and Future of Cultural Heritage: Conversations. Ubuntu and Cultural Heritage: Continuing MSU-South Africa Partnerships". African Studies Center, Nelson Mandela Museum, Robben Island Museum, and the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Stellenbosch University, and the Lwandla Museum. Capetown, South Africa. (October, 2016)
  • "Kindred Narratives in Pan-African Perspective: African Centered Pedagogy, Culture, and Community". Presented on The Black Studies Africanist Part I Panel, National Conference of Black Studies, Charlotte, NC (March, 2016)
  • "Culturally Relevant Pedagogy". Cultural Sensitivity Seminar Trainer. Writing Rhetoric and American Culture at MSU. (April ,2016)
  • "African Centered Education Across the Diaspora", National Conference of Black Studies, Los Angeles, CA, (March, 2015)


  • National Association of Black Studies
  • National Association of Black Storytellers