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Department of African and African-American Studies

From the Chair, Mark Christian

Dr. Mark ChristianThe Department of Africana Studies (we are in the process of changing the department name) is in the School of Arts and Humanities with such departments as History, Music, Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies, English, and Philosophy. Undergraduates can gain a major or a minor in African & African American Studies, and/or combine a major with Early Childhood Education studies. Courses taken in African and African American Studies can also fulfill the College's GEN. ED. distribution requirement in historical studies, comparative culture, the arts, or literature.

African and African American Studies is a body of knowledge that records, describes, and analyzes the experience of Black people in all parts of the world, but especially in America, the Caribbean and Africa. African and African American Studies appraises the past, examines the present, and seeks to shape the future. Moreover, African and African American Studies offers an interdisciplinary major leading to a B.A. degree. The courses are grouped into five sequences: African-American, community and urban, Afro-Caribbean, African, and arts and languages. The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary programs in Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies, Political Science, Sociology, History, Philosophy and Women's Studies. Read more about the department.

Mary Phillips, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies was Selected as an 2018-2019 Award Recipient

Mary PhillipsMary Phillips, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies was selected as an 2018-2019 award recipient for the prestigious and highly competitive American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Postdoctoral Research Leave. She will be working on her forthcoming book , A Spirit on a Sword: The Prison Rebellions of Panther Ericka Huggins offers a scholarly analysis of former Black Panther Party member, Ericka Huggins during her incarceration in the early 1970s. A high-ranking yet understudied figure in the Black Panther Party, Huggins resistance and agitation efforts in captivity included community-building initiatives, forms of cultural labor, and modes of self-care. Employing an interdisciplinary black feminist methodology, her work incorporates the perspective of Huggins' by drawing on extensive interviews, archival evidence and rare documents such as her writings, court and prison records, poetry, newspaper articles, photographs, newsletters, and FBI documents on her legacy.