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

  • Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s films will be screened this week in advance of a talk on Thursday, November 17, at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rm 255, from 4-7PM.

  • Join us on December 3, 2016 from 1-4pm at the Newark Museum for an afternoon of short films, stage-actor readings, and performances that reflect the voices of Muslims in Newark. For more information and to register visit https://muslimvoices350.eventbrite.com.

  • Join us on November 7 from 6:30-8:30pm at Gallery Aferro, for a reading of selections from and a discussion of the late Henry Dumas's influential short story "Ark of Bones" and his other works, with writers and critics Evie Shockley and Carter Mathes and John Keene. This special event is free and open to all. A reception will follow the reading. Registration required.

  • Join us on October 27 in the Dana Room, Dana Library as Director Jules D. Bartkowski screens and discusses his directorial debut film, Pastor Paul, which explores the confluence of New African Cinema, Christianity, and Witchcraft.