Chera Jo Watts is a mother, writer, scholar, and interdisciplinary, collaborative thinker pursuing a Master’s of Arts degree within Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificate in African American Studies under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Jones Medine at The University of Georgia. Her early professional career experiences within student academic services as a professional academic advisor greatly influence current directions of her scholarship. Research interests include African American women’s religion and literature, especially Womanist-Buddhist practice and thought in the writings of Alice Walker, Buddhist responses to globalization, and the intersections of race, class, religion, and gender as they relate to higher education access, attainment, and experiences of institutions of higher ed. As a first-generation college graduate, Watts notes educational access and attainment as catalysts for economic and social change for peoples marginalized within the global master narrative (to quote Toni Morrison), and her scholarship inspires her ongoing student services practice as the Academic Advisor in Residence for the Franklin Residential College. Alongside this appointment, Watts serves as Graduate Assistant within the Institute for African American Studies at The University of Georgia and Executive Associate for Digital Services for the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies.
- MA in Religious Studies, Graduate Certificate in African American Studies (intended 2022), University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
- BS in Psychology, Cum Laude (2010), University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
- University of Georgia Office of Sustainability Grant Sponsor, Franklin Residential College Community Garden Pilot Program, $3000, Spring 2021.