Jodi L. Merriday
(678) 428-9260


Ph.D. African-American Studies, 1/06
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
Major Field: African/African-American Studies
Minor Field: African/African-American Culture and Aesthetics
Dissertation: “Hip-Hop HERStory: African-American Women in
Hip-Hop Cultural Production and Music from Margins to Center.”
Field of Expertise: Culture and Aesthetics in the African Diaspora
Foreign Language Reading and Writing Proficiency: Spanish
Dissertation Chair: Ella Forbes, Ph.D.

M.Sc. Development Management, 12/00
London School of Economics and Political Science - London, England
Dissertation Topic: Humanitarianism Retrograde: To what extent have contemporary discourses regarding complex emergencies eroded the founding vision on UN neutrality? Fields of Expertise: Intrastate War and Conflict Resolution, Non-Governmental Organizational Management, Development Management
Minor Field: Post- Colonial and Gender Discourse in Development.
Dissertation Chair: David Keen, Ph.D.

M.A. Sociology, 8/95
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
Major Field: Sociology
Minor Field: City and Urban Planning

B.A. Sociology, 5/92
Hampton University - Hampton, VA
Major Field: Sociology of the African-American Experience
Minor: Criminology
Thesis: “Is there a Need for African-American Male Schools?”
Thesis Chair: John Hudgins, Ph.D.



August, 2012 - present
Gordon State College - Barnesville, GA
Department of History
Assistant Professor
Courses taught: United States History 1865 to present; African Diaspora; African-American Experience

July 2010 - January 2011
Department: African-American Studies
Georgia State University - Atlanta, GA
Course Taught: African Diaspora

September 1999 - January 2006
Spelman College - Atlanta, GA
Departments: African Diaspora & World, Sociology & Music
Course/s Taught: Africans in the Diaspora and the World, Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Hip Hop HERStory, African-American Film, Dialogue across Difference and American Popular Music

July 2003 - July 2004
Spelman College - Atlanta, GA
Office of the President
Special Assistant to the President
Served as the Liaison and Coordinator from the Office of the President to: 1) the Launch of the Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement; 2) the Year of the African Diaspora; 3) the Programmatic Implementation of LEADS; 4) the Design and Piloting of the Dialogue Across Differences Courses for Spring/Fall of 04.

September 2000 - September 2002
Clark Atlanta University - Atlanta, GA
Department of History
Adjunct Instructor
Course Taught: USA Africa World

January 1996 - September 1997
Art Institute of Philadelphia- Philadelphia, PA
Courses Taught:Introduction to Sociology, Culture and Thinking

September 1993 - September 1997
Community College of Philadelphia- Philadelphia, PA
Course Taught: Introduction to Sociology

January 1993 - September 1994
Temple University- Philadelphia, PA
Department of Sociology
Teaching Assistant- Future Faculty Fellow
Course:Race and Racism

June 1993 - August 1993
Temple University- Philadelphia, PA
Assistant to the Director- Temple West Africa
Organized students and academicmaterials, assisted with in country ventures, counseled andhandled student placement and concerns.


March 2011 – August 2012
Atlanta Public Schools - Atlanta, GA
Community Outreach Coordinator Douglass High School
Identifies and coordinates the delivery of community, corporate and foundation based programming and resources to students and families.

March 2010 - May, 2011
Office of the Mayor/Community Foundation - Atlanta, GA
Project Manager (City of Atlanta) Centers of Hope
Engaged stakeholders and non-profit leaders regarding the conceptualization, programmatic framework and implementation of Centers of Hope including:
1) cataloging and meeting with youth development service providers to streamline consideration for programming services; 2) assessing and recommending vendors for partnership with DPRCA; 3) coordinating external stakeholders, elected officials and senior level staff in the Mayor’s office; 4) completing out-of-school time capacity assessments of recreation facilities; and 5) creating a community asset report regarding pilot sites for programming.

June 2009 - January 2010
Kasim Reed for Mayor, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
Director, Special Projects/Senior Advisor
Coordinated outreach, special events, and political mobilization for women, young professionals, parents, and public school advocates. Assisted the coordination of the Get Out the Vote effort, visibility, and fundraising projects as designated (i.e. APS Back to School visibility, Young Professional/Young Atlantans fundraisers). Coordinated the campaign Ambassadors Program, commercials and photo shoots.

June 2008 - September 2007
Clayton County Public School - Jonesboro, GA
Designed teacher recruitment and retention strategy program to recruit teachers from partnering Georgia Universities and Colleges to Clayton County.

August 2005 - January 2007
Mark Taylor for Governor - Atlanta, GA
Political Director
Developed and Implemented the Strategic Political Outreach Plan to Democratic constituents for the Mark Taylor for Governor campaign. Devised a plan and coordinated the capture of young African-American and women voters ages 18-40 through historic organizations, churches, radio personalities, promoters and DJ’s. Served as staffer and as a surrogate at key community events and functions throughout the State of Georgia. Coordinated and Hosted Meet and Greet functions with key constituents, elected officials and community leaders.

February 2000 - February 2001
Georgia State University- Neighborhood Collaborative
The Atlanta Project- Atlanta, GA
Assistant Director
Managed the procurement of funds for Programmatic operation and incoming grants. Directed enrichment initiatives that supported the university vision of fostering community-university relationships and enhancing the integration of scholarly research, community leadership and learning to prepare students for model citizenship.

August 1999 - March 2001
The National Football League (YET) -Atlanta, GA
Managing Director
Developed and managed a comprehensive Academic Curriculum for After-School Programming to at-risk youth. Coordinated and supervised the identification of risk factors and the development of strategic intervention plans. Provided support to the Executive Director in the development and implementation of the strategic planning process and quarterly employees evaluations.

Consultant - Consulted regarding the Planning, Evaluation, and Assessment, and implementation of interventions for inner city Atlanta youth.

February 1998 - June 2003
Georgia Department of Family and Children Services - Georgia
Independent Social Services Contractor
Contracted for the completion of Child Life Studies for children whose parental rights had been terminated in Spalding, Clarke, Gwinnett, and Butts County/s.

February 1998 - March 1999
Jerusalem House- Atlanta, GA
Managed residential living facility forfamilies with HIV positive caregivers. Provided case management, intervention plans, therapy, andtraining.

June 1997 - September 1997
Women in Community Service- Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania Samuel Fels Award Recipient
Developed, coordinated and implemented a program of volunteerism forPhiladelphia Job Cops students.

January 1995 - June 1995
Philadelphia Health Management Corporation -Philadelphia, PA
Case Manager
Provided cases management service tohomeless single adults and families.

September 1994 - September 1997
Tabor Children Services- Philadelphia, PA
Developed a Rites of Passage Program for African-American males awaiting adoption.

Completed Child Assessments for children in the adoption phase of foster care.

Adoption Social Worker
Managed a caseload of 25 in the process of adoption finalization.

Therapeutic Support/Wrap Around
Coordinated therapeutic family development for youth who were in danger of being placed in more restrictive environments.


Hampton University Cum Laude Graduate, Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, Temple University future Faculty Fellow Recipient, Hampton University C. W. Mills Sociological Imagination Award, University of Pennsylvania Samuel Fels Foundation Award Recipient.


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Magnolia Chapter of the Links, Inc., Recording Secretary 05-06, Atlanta Chapter of Jack n’ Jill, Inc., 06-08 Board Member, Jerusalem House.



Atlanta Public Schools – Frederick Douglass High School
Thomas Glanton, Principal
225 Hamilton E Holmes Drive Northwest - Atlanta, GA 30318-7421
(school) - (404) 802-3100 - (cell) - (404) 877-2899

City of Atlanta – Office of the Mayor
Kasim Reed, Mayor
55 Trinity Avenue - Atlanta, GA 30303
(office) - (404) 330-6100

Spelman College - Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
Jane Smith, Ph.D., Executive Director
350 Spelman Lane - Atlanta, Georgia 30314
(office) (404) 270-6070 - (cell/home) (404) 467-8996

Temple University – Department of Sociology
Michelle Byng, Ph.D.
Gladfelter Hall- 7th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
(office) (215) 204-7980 - (cell) (610) 304-6082

London School of Economics and Political Science
David Keen, Ph.D.
Department of Development Studies - DESTIN- Houghton Street
London, England WC2AE
(office) 011(44) 307 9556359

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