Department of African American and African Studies


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

  • In Memory of Dr. Clement Alexander Price, 1945-2014
    Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
    The Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102

  • On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 6-9:00pm in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rooms 255-57, there will be a film screening of The New Black and discussion with director, Yoruba Richen. The New Black documents how the African-American community and the black church grapples with gay rights issues in light of the recent gay marriage movement. There will be a recpetion following the presentation.

  • On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 6-8:00pm in the Dana Room, 4th floor of Dana Library, Alondra Nelson will discuss how the Black Panther Party's understanding of health care anticipated current debates about the politics of race and medicine. Discussion and reception will follow.

  • On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:30pm, the Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble presents a free, live performance at Bradley Hall Theatre. Inspired by the voices of our ancestors, Kùlú Mèlé preserves, presents and builds upon the dance and music of Africa and the African Diaspora. The concert is open to the public and a reception will follow.