African, African American, Diaspora Studies

As a field of inquiry, African, African American, diaspora studies examines the experiences of people of African descent in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean, as well as in Latin America, Europe and Asia. The program allows students and faculty to explore the range of interrelated cultures, histories, art, and intellectual contributions of Africans and people of African descent throughout the diaspora.

The faculty also views participation in co-curricular activities (student and faculty colloquia, guest lectures, campus projects) as vital to the development of students as responsible citizens of the college community and the world. The interdisciplinary program in African, African American, diaspora studies is an essential component of the college’s mission to enable students to understand and participate in shaping the multicultural, interdependent world of which they are a part. It encourages students to complement classroom learning with study, research and internship opportunities abroad and in the United States.



Matthew Allen

Professor of Music

John Bezis-Selfa

Associate Professor of History; Chair of the History Department

Claire Buck

Professor of English; Coordinator, Women's & Gender Studies

Dolita Cathcart

Associate Professor of History

Shawn Christian

Associate Professor

R. Tripp Evans

Professor of the History of Art

Peony Fhagen

Associate Professor of Psychology; Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development

James Freeman

Associate Professor of Economics, Coordinator for African, African American, Diaspora Studies

Gerard Huiskamp

Professor of Political Science

Donna O. Kerner

Professor of Anthropology; William Isaac Cole Professor of Anthropology

Kim Miller

Jane Oxford Keiter '64 Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and History of Art; Women's & Gender Studies Program Coordinator; Peace & Social Justice Studies Coordinator

Leah Niederstadt

Associate Professor of Museum Studies, History of Art; Curator of the Permanent Collection

Julie Searles

Instructor of Music, Director of World Dance

Ann Sears

Professor of Music; Chair, Music Department

Jonathan David Walsh

Professor of French Studies


100% of AAADS majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of AAADS majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • College Advisor
  • College Advising Corps
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Harlem Children’s Zone

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 70% for the classes of 2014-2018