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College of Natural & Social Sciences

Melina Abdullah
Assistant Professor

Office: King Hall B-3024
Phone: 323-343-2294
FAX: 323-343-5485


Professor Abdullah joined the CSLA faculty in Fall 2002. Prior to joining the Pan-African Studies Department, she served as Visiting Professor at Scripps College in the Department of Politics and Political Science Instructor at West Los Angeles College. What drives Professor Abdullah is an intense passion for the study of power allocation, a commitment to making the distribution of resources more equitable, and an intense affinity for working with students.


A central theme of Dr. Abdullah's classes is commonalities among people from disadvantaged groups and ways in which marginalized populations might utilize strategies of group consciousness and coalition building to encourage the development of a more just society. Course themes also emphasize the overlapping nature of marginalization and oppression, with particular attention paid to those who stand at the intersection of race, class and gender disadvantage. Through her teaching, Professor Abdullah hopes to inspire a new generation of scholars, researchers, educators and activists who will carry with them a commitment to diversity and equality.


Her doctoral dissertation, titled "Greater than the Sum of Her Parts: A Multi-Axis Analysis of Black Women and Political Representation," is currently under review for book publication. Her broader research area focuses on women of color and political mobilization. She is currently working on a project that seeks to identify commonalities in organizing models developed and utilized by Black and Latina women.


Ph.D. Political Science 2003
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

M.A. Political Science 1996
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

B.A. African-American Studies 1994
Howard University

Washington, DC

Winter 2003 SCHEDULE

CourseSect. No.TitleUnitsDay & TimeRoom
SOCS 180 Race and Ethnicty in the United States 4 T, TH 12:40-2:20 KH B-3017
PAS 490 Black People and the Law 4 T, Th 9:00-10:40 BIOS 245



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