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 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.

  • The symposium, “Conflict, Encounter, and Interfaith Dialogue in Islam: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,” will bring together scholars across disciplines to present work that showcases the breadth of exciting scholarship in this area and to generate dialogue across disciplines. Join us on October 26 from 2:30-5:30pm in the Essex Room of the Paul Robeson Campus Center.

  • Rutgers University-Newark is turning 50! Come join us to celebrate the design, construction and history of the Rutgers University-Newark campus between 1965-1970, with a year-long series of events.

  • Join Yoland Skeete-Laessig, a Multimedia Artist, Documentarian, Arts Instructor, and author of When Newark Had a Chinatown: My Personal Journey, on September 26, 2016 from 2:30-4:00pm in the Dana Room for a talk and discussion about her work. Register at https://whennewarkhadachinatown.eventbrite.com.