Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe

Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe

B.A., Duke University (Public Policy); M.PA., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Temple University, (Political Science).

She has served as a special assistant to the Managing Director and then Deputy Director of the Minority Business Enterprise Council of the city of Philadelphia.  In her current role she is responsible for the academic quality of the SLD program and Eastern University’s institutional partnerships with World Vision and Habitat for Humanity.

Contact Information

Phone: 610-225-5728
Fax: 484-581-1276
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  • PH.D. Temple University
  • M.A. University of Pennsylvania
  • Certificate in Public Policy and Management, Rand Graduate Institute
  • B.A. Duke University

Research Interests and Selected Publications

  • Who Pays Rules: How Development Assistance Undermines Democracy in Africa
  • Everything in Common? Dynamic Race, Class and Religious Influences on the Politics of Contemporary African-American Churches
  • "African American Mega Churches" Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. Oxford: Blackwell. (Forthcoming 2009).  Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe.
  • "Mega-Churches."  Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. Oxford: Blackwell. (Forthcoming 2009).  Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe.
  • Global Positions (column). PRISM. Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe.
  • - "Wisdom Better Than Strength” (January-February 2009) Volume 16, No 1, 6.
  • - "Mud Cakes or a Spoonful of Rice” (September-October 2008) Volume 15, No. 5, 6.
  • - "Seeking Justice in Columbia” (May-June 2008) Volume 15, No. 3, 6.
  • - "WWJD in Zimbabwe?” (January-February 2008) Volume 15, No.  1, 6.
  • - "A Sacred Opportunity,” PRISM (January-February 2009) Volume 16, No 1, 20-23.  Kristyn Komarnicki and (interview by) Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe.
  • Book review of "The Colour of Business: Managing Diversity in South Africa" Africa Today (Winter 2002) Volume 49, No. 4, 133 -134, Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe.
  • “Africa and U.S. Foreign Policy: Contributions of The Diaspora to Democratic African Leadership,” Journal of Black Studies (July 2005) Volume 35, No. 6, 779 - 801, Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe.
  • “Race, Class and Community Development: The Role of the African American Church in Civil Society,” 34 pages, Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe, in Black and Latina/o Politics: Issues in Political Development in the United States, William E. Nelson, Jr. and Jessica Pérez-Monforti, (Eds.), Miami:  Barnhardt and Ashe, 2006.

Professional Associations and Service

  • Camden Capacity Building Project, Senator Walter Rand Insititute for Public Affairs
  • Advisory Board, Bright Lights Initiative, Philadelphia, PA
  • Board of Directors First Cornithian Community Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chairperson Board of Directors Mwamba Ministries, Kitale Kenya, West AFrica and Philadelphia, PA
  • Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, Neumann College
  • Committee for the Advancement of Pan-Africanism, Executive Committee Member and co-chair of the Women's Sections, United States Representative, New York, NY
  • Faculty Senator, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey
  • African Association of Political Science
  • American Association of Public Administrators
  • African Studies Association
  • American Association of University Women
  • National Conference of Black Political Scientists

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