Jahlani Niaah holds a BA History and Political Science from the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI); an MA in Modern International Studies from University of Leeds, UK and the PhD in Cultural Studies from UWI. Currently he is located in the Office of the Principal at UWI Mona campus where he coordinates the Rastafari Studies Centre as well as the recently established Centre for Ganja/Cannabis Research at UWI.

His research interests include Ganja as Sacrament; popular African culture; Indigenous Leadership and Knowledge Systems: African Diaspora Praxes; Rastafari Cosmology and pedagogy. Niaah has also been actively engaged with working on the issues of Reparation for African Slavery and the phenomenon of Rastafari repatriation to Ethiopia.

Niaah has coedited two books and published book chapters and journal articles in leading publications in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Jahlani Niaah is an active member of the Rastafari community and coordinates various local and international outreach initiatives within the community targeting marginal and potentially at risk groups.