w. gabriel selassie i holds a joint appointment as the Ralph Bunche associate professor of African American and U.S. History at the Los Angeles City College. He was born in Arizona and resided on the Navajo Indian Reservation before moving to California. He earned a Bachelors of Architecture (5 year professional) from Prairie View A & M University of Texas (HBCU). He earned an M.A. from the California State University at Dominguez Hills in Public History, He also earned an M.A. in African American studies at the University of California at Los Angeles where he did extensive course work in African American nationalism under Robert Hill. He also earned an M.A., and Ph.D. in history from the Claremont Graduate University.