Gayles-by-Rene-CarsonJonathan Gayles, Ph.D. is Professor of African-American Studies and Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A., Psychology), Winthrop University (M.S., School Psychology) and the University of South Florida (Ph.D., applied anthropology). His primary areas of interest include the anthropology of education, educational policy, Black masculinity, race and ethnicity and critical media studies. He is currently investigating the contested Blackness of the “Black Christ” of Portobelo, Panama. In 2012, he produced an independent documentary on African-American comic book superheroes entitled  ”White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books.” The documentary is distributed by California Newsreel. The American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association awarded the documentary the 2013 Peter Rollins Best Documentary Film Award. More information on the film can be found at For more information on Dr. Gayles, please visit his website.

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