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

  • On Monday, September 14 from 5:30-7:30PM, author John Keene will conduct a reading and book signing on his recent publication, Counternarratives. The short fiction collection draws from memoirs, newspaper accounts, and speculative fiction to create new and strange perspectives on our past and present. The reading and book signing (books will be available for purchase) will be held in the Dana Room, 4th floor of the John Cotton Dana Library (185 Unviersity Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102).

  • The Roe Effect depicts the heart-wrenching love story of Dawn and her girfriend, Sam, as Dawn must choose between exposing a painful truth and losing the girl she loves. The film screening and discussion of The Roe Effect will be held on Wednesday, July 15 from 6:30-8:30PM in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rooms 255-57 (350 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102).

  • On Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Dana Room of John Cotton Dana Library (185 University Avenue, Newark, NJ), Edward Baugh will offer a poetry reading. Discussion and reception will follow.

  • The film screening of Sosúa: Make a Better World will be held on Wednesday, April 15 from 6-8PM in the Dana Room of John Cotton Dana LIbrary, Rutgers- Newark. The film tells the story of Latino and Jewish teenage actors as they put on a musical to explore the forgotten history of Jewish refugees from Hilter in the Dominican Republic.