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Dr. Joseph Smith-Buani

Dr. Joseph Smith-Buani joined the Black Studies Department in 2002.  He teaches courses on Africa, African immigration to Oregon/the United States, and African cinema.  Prior to joining the department, he was a computer programmer and later, taught developmental Mathematics at Portland Community College while working on his doctorate in Urban Studies. 

Smith-Buani has worked with school-age African immigrant youth through the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) where he coordinated Multnomah County's "Social and Support Services for Educational Success" program.  More recently, he worked at the Population Research Center here at Portland State University, researching population trends including school enrollment and other demographic changes. 

An independent researcher since July 2009, Joseph Smith-Buani's research interests include the study of determinants and consequences of migration and African ancestry in Oregon in the US Census Bureau's decennial census and American Community Survey.

Dr. Smith Buani serves as the undergraduate advisor to the Black Studies Department.