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  • Afro-American Studies at UMass

    One of the largest departments of its kind, the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies serves students seeking in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of black people in the Americas and the worldwide African Diaspora.

  • Professor Britt Rusert in Diverse Issues in Higher Education

    Rusert's Book Looks Back at Fight Against Racism
    by Tiffany Pennamon (August 31, 2017)

    Dr. Britt Rusert's new book, Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture sheds a contemporary light on the Black artists, scientists, clergy and activists working to critique and challenge the racist sicences of the 19th century.

    Read the full article: Diverse Issues in Higher Eduducation

  • Legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois

    Du Bois’ central conceptual theme is eloquently captured by his most widely quoted pronouncement: “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” It would be equally true to say that the problem of the entire sweep of American history and society is the problem of the color line, for from the earliest Colonial days to the present, the role, status and treatment of the African slaves and their descendants have been at the heart of the American story.

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Dr. Julia Bernier Receives Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Georgetown University

August 29, 2017

Dr. Julia Bernier, Ph.D. 2017, has received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the Study of Slavery at Georgetown University for the 2017-2018 academic year. She will support research related to...

Dr. Jacinta Saffold Receives Mellon/ACLS Public Postdoctoral Fellowship

August 28, 2017

Dr. Jacinta R. Saffold, Ph.D. 2017, has been awarded a Mellon/ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Public Fellows postdoctoral appointment. She will serve as the Associate Director of...

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Why Afro-American Studies?

Our department is named for the great intellectual, a native of our Western Massachusetts region, who was the first academic scholar to pioneer the systematic study of people of African descent in the U.S. and throughout world. To earn a degree in Afro-American Studies, to take courses leading to a certificate or a minor is to follow in W.E.B. Du Bois’ footsteps of academic excellence and social responsibility.

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