Jesse Benjamin received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2002, and his MA in Cultural Anthropology in 1996, at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He completed his BA in Interdisciplinary Social Science, with a focus on Social Change, from Friends World College, an experimental, international, experiential college, in 1992. His research is grounded regionally in East Africa, Israel/Palestine, the Middle East generally, and North America; with specific case studies of forced Bedouin resettlement in Israel, Kurdish human rights and politics, squatters and stratification in coastal Kenya, and questions of race and whiteness in US culture and politics. Theoretical groundings include: Critical Race Theory, Nationalism, the Global South, Pan-Africanism, Multiculturalism, Whiteness Studies [especially Jewish whiteness], Swahili Civilization, Subaltern Consciousness, Anti-Colonial Movements, Epistemology, Political-Economy, the Power/Knowledge nexus, Coloniality/Decolonial theory.
He was the Coordinator of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) at KSU from 2009 - 2015, and a former editor of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars [ACAS] Bulletin. He was on the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, edited by Dr. Carole Boyce Davies and Babacar M’bow. He is the past Chair of the KSU President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial and Ethnicity Dialogue (CORED). He is a Board Member at the Walter Rodney Foundation (WRF), based in Atlanta, where he Chairs the Publication committee and Co-Chairs the Annual Symposium Committee. He is Editor of the peer-reviewed journals South and ATL, and Co-Editor of Groundings (the WRF publication) and Pamoja (a KSU student publication). He has published more than 60 articles, essays and chapters, and several books, including: Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies in West Africa: Beyond Right and Wrong, and Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies: Global Perspectives