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Educational Background

  • Purdue University
        Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction   
  • Purdue University
    M.S. in Child Development and Family Studies   
  • University of South Carolina                                              B.S. in Experimental Psychology

Research Interests

  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation
  • Individual, Couple, and Family Processes
  • Youth Nutrition and Obesity
  • Youth Development and Mentorship
  • Power, Oppression, and Resistance
  • Black Partnered Relationships
  • Enslaved Resistance in Film
  • Social Psychology and Education
  • The School-to-Prison Pipeline

Research Activities
Selected Publications

Research Activities 

Community Outreach Grants:


  • The Initiative to Combat Obesity Now (I.C.O.N.). Proposal submitted to S.C. State University's 2013 1890 Summer Excellence Research Opportunity Grant (SEROG), Spring, 2013 (Funded: $9,980.99).
  • Confronting Obesity Now Initiative. Pre-proposal submitted to S.C. State University's 1890 Research, Fall, 2012 (Not funded: $349,200).
  • Amandla: Exploring Race, Social Media Use, and Civic Engagement Among Urban Black Youth. Grant submitted to Spencer Foundation, Spring, 2012 (Unfunded: $325,448).
  • Rites of Passage: A Holistic Action Plan to Empower Elementary-Age Youth in Orangeburg, S.C. submitted to the Institute of Education Sciences, Fall, 2011 (Unfunded: $1,170,536.00).

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Selected Publications 

Book Publication(s):


1) Dyson, O.L. (In press). The Black Panther Party and Transformative Pedagogy: Place-Based Education in Philadelphia. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press. 


Refereed Journal Publications:

1) Waymer, D.M. & Dyson, O.L. 2011.  The journey into an unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory: Exploring the role and approaches of race in PR education. Journal of Public Relations Research, 23(4), 458-477.


2Jeffries, J.L. & Dyson, O.L. 2010. Nobody Knows My Name: The Marginalization of Mark Clark in America’s Collective Consciousness. International Social Science Review, 85, (3&4), 124-140.


3) Jeffries, J.L., Dyson, O.L., & Jones, C.E. 2010. Militancy Transcends Race: A Comparative Analysis of the American Indian Movement, the Black Panther Party, and the Young Lords. Black Diaspora Review, 1(2), 4-31.


4)  Dyson, O.L. 2010. “When Machetes and Vaginas Wield Power: Representations of Liberation Acts in Burn! and Xica da Silva.Plenum: The South Carolina State University Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 1(2), 53-59.  


5) Roy, K., & Dyson, O. 2010. “Making Daddies into Fathers: Community-Based Fatherhood Programs and the Construction of Masculinity for Low-Income African American Men.” American Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 139-154.


6) Roy, K. & Dyson, O. 2005. “Gatekeeping in Context: Babymamadrama and the Involvement of  Incarcerated Fathers.” Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers, 3, 289-310. 


Edited Book Chapters:


1) McCutchen, S. Jeffries, J.L., & Dyson, O.L. 2013. The Black Panther Party and the Black Church. In R.D. Smith (Ed.), From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and Civil Rights Beyond the South, 1950s-1970s. New York: SUNY Press. 


2)  Dyson, O.L. 2010. “Nesting the Black Panther Party in the Zeitgeist of Uncertainty.” In J. L. Jeffries, On the Ground: The Black Panther Party in Communities Across America Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.


3)  Roy, K., Dyson, O., & Jackson, J. 2010. Intergenerational Support and Reciprocity between Low-Income African American Fathers and their Aging Mothers. In W. Johnson (Ed.), Social Work with African American Males. New York: Oxford University Press.


4)  Dyson, O., Brooks, K., Jeffries, J. 2007. “’Brotherly Love Can Kill You’: The Philadelphia Branch of the Black Panther Party.” In J. L. Jeffries (Ed.), Comrades: A Local History of the Black Panther Party. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.






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South Carolina State University Orangeburg, S.C. August, 2008 to Present

Assistant Professor in the Department of Education

Courses taught:

  • ED 538: Curriculum in the Middle School
  • ED 519: Multicultural Education
  • ED 524: Curriculum Development in the Secondary School
  • EDHU 250: Black Issues and Historical Figures
  • ED 320: Measurement and Evaluation
  • ED 308: Generic Teaching Methods
  • EPSY 260: Principles of Learning
  • ED 206: Foundations of Education

University of South Carolina Columbia, S.C. July, 2011 to August, 2011

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education

Course taught:

  • EDTE 776: Educating African American Students

Purdue University West Lafayette, IN August, 2005 to May, 2007          

Graduate Instructor

Course taught:

  • EDCI 285: Multiculturalism and Education

Purdue University West Lafayette, IN August, 2002 to May, 2003                      

Graduate Teaching Assistant 

Courses taught:      

  • CDFS 201: Introduction to Family Processes
  • CDFS 301: Families in a Multicultural Society

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