African and African-American Studies

African/African American Studies Department

African/African-American Studies at Elon University

African American and African Studies Programs
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African American Studies Graduate School Programs

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African Studies Association
The African Studies Association was founded in 1957 as a non-profit organization open to all individuals and institutions interested in African affairs. Its mission is to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa. The ASA also provides information and support services to the Africanist community. Three publications are currently produced annually: ASA News, African Studies Review, and History in Africa. With approximately 2,200 individual and institutional members, the ASA is the leading North American organization that promotes African studies. Hosted by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

African Studies Programs and Organizations
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African Studies Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
The African Studies Centre is an independent scientific institute that undertakes social-science research on Africa and aims to promote a better understanding and insight into historical, current and future social developments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

American University in Cairo Office of African Studies
The Office of African Studies promotes research on comparative and international topics of mutual interest to scholars and policy makers in the Middle East and Africa.

Boston College African and African Diaspora Studies
The African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) considers the history, culture, and politics of Africans on the subcontinent and African-descended peoples in the U.S., the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Covering a vast historical period and geographical expanse, African and African Diaspora Studies acquaints students with the multiplicity and diversity of the African Diaspora and the world in which we all live. Using an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, the program draws on a broad range of methodologies in the Humanities and Social Sciences including those in English, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Theology, and Communications. These diverse methodologies help reveal the deep roots and diverse routes that have shaped African and African-descended peoples and continue to inform their lives today.

Boston University African Studies Center
The African Studies Center at Boston University, established in 1953, was one of the first graduate programs in the United States to offer a multidisciplinary African Studies curriculum. Over the decades it has achieved international recognition for its commitment to teaching, research, and publications, and has been recognized as a National Resource Center for African Language and Area Studies by the United States Department of Education.

Brussels Centre of African Studies
The tradition of Africanist research at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the mother-university, dates back to the 1950s. The Brussels Centre of African Studies brings together the Africanists from the two main universities in Brussels: the Francophone Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch- speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Although supported by different federal authorities (the Flemish Community and the French-speaking Community), both universities are united by a common history.

Central Connecticut State University Center for Africana Studies
The mission of the Center for Africana Studies at Central Connecticut State University is to develop and encourage the study and teaching about Africa, African Americans, and people of African descent throughout the Diaspora. Furthermore, to use Information Technology to link isolated African American communities in the United States, Africa and the Diaspora.

Cornell University African Studies and Research Center
Africana studies is a tradition of intellectual inquiry and study of African peoples. Using a trans-disciplinarian approach, Africana scholars document the global migrations and reconstruction of African peoples, as well as patterns of linkages to the African continent (and among the peoples of the African Diaspora). Having perhaps the most international faculty on the Cornell campus, all professors represent the three regions of the African Diaspora: Africa, African America, and African Caribbean - the three foci of Africana Studies.  In addition to the faculty, the Africana Studies and Research Center is comprised of nationally and internationally-recognized scholars and educators; socially-conscience intellectuals; and, students representing each of Cornell's undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges.

Duke University African & African American Studies
The African & African American Studies Program is designed to establish
coordinated interdisciplinary study of the history and culture, the social and economic issues, and the political institutions and processes that have shaped the experiences of people of African ancestry. The program serves as an interdisciplinary intellectual center that encourages research and scholarship in many dimensions of African and African American experiences. It provides access for students and scholars to a broad range of information and research not only from the humanities and the social sciences, but from the arts and professions while taking advantage of Duke University's distinctive
resources in each of these areas.

Harvard Department of African and African American Studies
African and African American Studies brings together scholars and scholarship from many disciplines to explore the histories, societies, economies, and cultures of African and African-descended people. The Department of African and African American Studies is not only interdisciplinary but also comparative and cross-cultural. In the course of the last few centuries, Africans and African-descended people have developed cultural forms, especially in music and dance, which have profoundly shaped popular and high art in the Americas and all around the planet. Cross-cultural perspectives contribute importantly to broader debates about race and ethnicity. Thus ideas about race are among the central objects of study in the field of African and African American Studies, affecting not just Africans and their descendants but all other human beings as well. In addressing the ethical and political consequences of racial thinking, the African and African American Studies faculty raise questions relevant to the experiences of all modern peoples.

The African & African American Studies Program is designed to establish
Howard University Afro-American Studies Department
The Department of Afro-American Studies offers an interdisciplinary, social science undergraduate curriculum focusing on the presence of black social formations in the Western Hemisphere, with special emphasis on the United States and the Caribbean. The curriculum consists of three core concentrations:  political, social and cultural. Courses are designed to develop and support student competencies in scientific social observation and analysis, survey and archival research methods, and effective verbal and written communication.

Howard University Department of African Studies
The Department of African Studies at Howard University offers graduate programs leading to the Masters of Arts and Doctors of Philosophy degrees.   The main objective of graduate studies in the Department is to train scholars in the field of African Studies with emphasis on contemporary issues of public policy and development, world affairs, and the arts. Graduates from the Department will be prepared to work in government/administrative positions in the United States, in policy research and in national and international organizations dealing with issues of development and social change in Africa. The Department decided that the best approach to the study of the African continent can be better accomplished by adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Indeed, such an approach also requires a specialized knowledge of the history, culture, and other aspects of life on the continent. As for its students, the Department emphasizes overseas training and experiences, particularly at the Ph.D. level, and doctoral dissertation based on field research or the use of primary sources.


Indiana University African American & African Diaspora Studies
The multidisciplinary Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) creates and shares with academic and nonacademic communities scholarship of the highest quality dealing with the broad range of the African American and African diasporic experience; promotes the study and understanding of the historical and contemporary connections among Africans, African Americans, and other New World black communities; and affirms the democratic tradition of equal opportunity for all by combating all forms of discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, and religious differences.

Koyto University Center for African Area Studies
The Center for African Area Studies (CAAS) of Kyoto University was created in 1986 as the only academic research institution in Japan devoted to African Studies.

Michigan State University African Studies Center
Founded in 1960, the Michigan State University African Studies Center (ASC) is one of nine Title VI National Resource Centers on Africa designated by the U.S. Department of Education. The Center’s strength is based upon the 160 MSU faculty who provide broad research, teaching, and service on the continent. MSU can offer instruction in 30 African languages, with 9-12 languages taught each year. Two Ph.D. African studies librarians staff the third largest Africana library in the nation. African Studies at MSU has been distinguished by its focus on Africa’s human needs - poverty alleviation, food security, education for development, environment and development, tropical disease, ethics of development, and gender equity.

Moyshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at the Tel Aviv University
The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of the modern history and contemporary affairs of the Middle East. The Center seeks to impart an understanding of Middle Eastern past and present to academic and general audiences, in Israel and abroad. The Center is part of the School of History and the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University.

New York University Africana Studies
The Program in Africana Studies…offers a wide range of courses on black experiences throughout the Diaspora – including Africa, the Caribbean and South America, Europe and the United States – from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. The Program maintains particular strengths in Pan-African history and thought and black urban studies. Pan-African history and thought incorporates the study of such literary and political movements as abolitionism, the Harlem Renaissance, Garveyism, the Negritude movement, black consciousness and black feminism.

The Ohio State University Department of African American and African Studies
African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University is the proud product of the 1960s Black freedom movement. Originally established as an academic division in October 1969, Black Studies (now African American and African Studies) obtained formal department status in 1972 and today enjoys the reputation of being one of the strongest African American and African Studies programs in the nation. The primary mission of the department is to stimulate teaching and research about the Black experience in the U.S., Africa and throughout the African Diaspora, and to encourage students and others to assess various strategies for advancing human progress through the examination of the worldwide struggle for Black freedom.

Princeton University Center for African American Studies
Launched in the fall of 2006, the Center for African American Studies (CAAS) expands upon the initiatives begun by the Program in African American Studies at Princeton University. Since its founding in 1969, the program has offered an interdisciplinary certificate that has allowed students to draw on the insights and techniques of various disciplines in an effort to understand the experiences, history and culture of African-descended people.

Stanford University Center for African Studies
The Center for African Studies (CAS) is an exciting resource for Stanford undergraduates. Students interested in Africa and African Studies at any level - academic, social, or personal - are encouraged to become involved with the Center. The easiest way to learn about upcoming events is through the quarterly newsletter that CAS publishes. This newsletter includes current information about African language summer programs, employment opportunities in Africa, and a variety of available scholarships and grants.

Temple University African American Studies
The mission of the Department of African American Studies is to provide an intellectual arena in which students learn to critically examine, analyze, interpret and affect the experiences, traditions, and dynamics of people of African descent and by extension, develop a fuller understanding of humankind. The Department's guiding philosophy is African-centered in that we believe that an understanding of the specific cultural and historical experiences of a people must guide and inform any productive analysis and interpretation of that people's past and present, and must guide any viable directives that are offered for their future.

Universität Bayreuth (Germany) Institut für Afrikastudien
Bayreuth African Studies presents essays and monographs on African literature, linguistics, musicology, sociology and religion. Bayreuth African Studies endeavors to promote cooperation with African research institutions and African Scholars. Its publications are an attempt to open up critical dialogue between scholars of the South and North and considering the limited facilities for publication in Africa, to provide a platform for critical views form Africa in the first place.

University of California at Berkeley Center for African Studies
The Berkeley's Center for African Studies was established in 1979 as an interdisciplinary research center to support basic research and training of scholars. The Center supports scholarly activities over a broad range of topics that address contemporary African issues. The Center provides opportunities for students majoring in traditionally defined fields to develop a comprehensive interdisciplinary program in African Studies.

University of California at Los Angeles African Studies Center
The African Studies Center at UCLA was established in 1959 to further stimulate the growing national interest in the region and to develop outreach, academic, and research programs on Africa. Increased national demand for new language and area skills soon led to its designation as a National Resource Center for African Studies. In 1989, the Center was renamed to honor its founder James S. Coleman, whose pioneering scholarship marks him as one of the architects of African Area Studies in the United States.

University of Cambridge African Studies Center
Established in 1965 by path-breaking anthropologist, Dr Audrey Richards, the Centre exists to support research and teaching on Africa within the University. As part of its commitment to bridging the gap between the academy and the rest of society, the Centre offers a relaxed meeting place for Africans and others interested in Africa, facilitating specialist researchers and visitors.

University of Edinburgh Centre of African Studies
Founded in 1963, the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh is the only such academic unit in Scotland dedicated to the study of Africa. The Centre draws on Africanist expertise across the University to create a dynamic atmosphere for the study of Africa in Edinburgh. Looking beyond the University, the Centre seeks to relate African Studies to the wider community, through links with the Scottish Parliament, NGOs and major educational and cultural organisations in Africa and Scotland.

University of Ghana Institute of African Studies
The Institute of African Studies was established in 1961 as a semi autonomous Institute within the University of Ghana. The Institute's mandate includes conducting research in all aspects of social studies and the arts in Africa and dissemination of the findings. In addition to being a research institute, it has always emphasized publishing and teaching, particularly at the post-graduate level.

University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), part of the University of London, enjoys a worldwide reputation for the quality of its teaching and research in the arts and humanities, languages and cultures, and the law and social sciences.  As the leading centre in Europe for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, SOAS boasts high quality teaching, an excellent research record, and academics who are world leaders in their disciplines. 

University of Michigan Center for Afroamerican and African Studies
The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan functions as an academic department in the areas of African Studies, African American Studies, and Afro-Caribbean Studies. One of the few programs in the country to combine African Studies with the study of the people and cultures of the African diaspora, it has its own undergraduate program, courses, and faculty and is also home to the South African Initiatives Office and the African Studies Initiative Program. Established in 1970 in response to African American students who wanted to bring a richer representation of the Black experience to the University of Michigan course offerings, The Center offers a rich and fertile environment for the study of people of African descent using the methods of history, sociology, psychology, economics, political science, and the arts.

Université Montesquieu Centre d'étude d'Afrique Noire
Fondé en 1958, le Centre d'étude d'Afrique noire (CEAN) est l'un des principaux centres de recherche internationaux pour l'analyse Des évolutions politiques en Afrique subsaharienne. Cette Unité Mixte de Recherche du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) et de l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Bordeaux (Université Montesquieu) ESTégalement affiliée à la Fondation Nationale Des Sciences Politiques.

University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) Department of African Studies
The Centre for African studies is today one of the leading Area Studies Centres in India doing research and teaching. Initially it was established to conduct research on east African countries but in recent years the scope of the center’s interests have expanded to include the entire African continent. The Centre has over the last 25 years published nearly a dozen books and held an equal number of national/international conferences. The Centre aims in widening its academic linkages in the future. A beginning has been made in this regard by entering into exchange /cooperation agreements with several academic institutions in South Africa.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of African and Afro-American Studies
The aim of the Department is to enable students to examine the experiences of Afro-Americans and the cultures of Africa. The diversity of these experiences and cultures requires interdisciplinary study. Students are encouraged to emphasize one field of study, so that they will have a substantial disciplinary background from which to approach the varied materials of either curriculum.

University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center
The African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania brings together researchers and students, along with cultural, business and media entities, to gain knowledge of contemporary and historical Africa.

University of Texas at Austin Center for African & African American Studies
In collaboration with other university departments, centers, and schools, CAAAS offers courses and programming across a broad variety of disciplines focused on black people in Texas, the United States, and the African Diaspora: including Africa, North, South, and Central America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Through this engagement with Africa and the African Diaspora, the CAAAS seeks to establish an activist intellectual community that considers the processes of race, gender, power and culture operating within and upon Black communities. Faculty and students affiliated with the CAAAS engage in research and coursework in four principal areas: Africa, The African Diaspora, Blacks in the U.S., and Expressive Culture, Cultural Politics and Representation.

University of Virginia, The Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies
The Woodson Institute was established in 1981 in response to student and faculty demands for a more coherent Afro-American Studies program and a more aggressive program of minority recruitment. It is an interdisciplinary teaching and research center drawing the majority of its faculty and students from the humanities. The Institute administers the Afro-American African Studies (AAS) Program at the University of Virginia. In addition to AAS designated courses, the curriculum includes related courses offered by more than a dozen departments and programs.

Vanderbilt University

Yale University African American Studies
The African American Studies program examines, from numerous disciplinary perspectives, the experiences of people of African descent in Black Atlantic societies, including the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Courses in the program explore the innovative, complex, and distinctively African American social structures and cultural traditions that Africans in the Diaspora have created. Students are exposed to the historical, cultural, political, economic, and social development of people of African descent.