Welcome to the Department of African American and
African Studies!

Images courtesy of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art


The Department of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark offers students an opportunity to study the cultures of the African diaspora, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Our course offerings focus particularly on the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean, and we hope to include courses on Afro-Hispanic culture in future. Our faculty are trained in diverse fields – anthropology, film studies, literature, history, political science, to name a few -- and our courses are often interdisciplinary in nature. All of the courses are designed to integrate scholarship on gender, race, and class.

News & Announcements

  • Join Aimee Cox on Thursday, March 10 at 6pm in the Dana Room of John Cotton Dana Library, as she gives a voice to young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter as they contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence.

  • Issues of policing and incarceration – both locally and nationally - will be in sharp focus as the thirty-sixth annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series (MTW) invites a wide-ranging discussion of the historical developments that have brought us to events in Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, and so many other American towns. The annual Black History Month conference will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark.

  • In the tradition of a signifying protest groove comes Heroes are Gang Leaders, a groups of poets and musicians formed by Thomas Sayers Ellis, and his frequent collaborator, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. This is in honor of Amiri Baraka -- to resurrect the matrimony of Black Literay Art and Music as medicine, battle cry, dirge, and the struggle for pleasure. Join us on Saturday, Februrary 6, 2016 at 7PM in the Bradley Hall Theatre, Bradley Hall.

  • Join us on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 6PM in Paul Robeson Campus Center, room 255-57 as historian Dan-el Padilla Peralta speaks on his recent publication, Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League.