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  • Black Lives Matter and Music

    In this collection of critical studies co-edited by Stephanie Shonekan, contributors draw from ethnographic research and personal encounters to illustrate how music in the Black Lives Matter movement can contribute to public awareness of the injustices in our society.
     

  • Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture

    Honorable Mention, 2019 MLA Prize for a First Book
    Sole Finalist Mention for the 2018 Lora Romero First Book Prize, presented by the American Studies Association
    Rusert's book exposes the influential work of a group of black artists to confront and refute scientific racism. Traversing the archives of early African American literature, performance, and visual culture, Britt Rusert uncovers the dynamic experiments of a group of black writers, artists, and performers.
     

     

     

  • Workers, Consumers, and Civil Rights

    Parker examines the movement to racially integrate white-collar work and consumption in American department stores, and broadens our understanding of historical transformations in African American class and labor formation.

     

  • 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.

News

Dr. Crystal Donkor Receives 2020 Career Enhancement Fellowship

May 05, 2020

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Recognize Exceptional Faculty with 2020 Career Enhancement Fellowships...

Celebrating our Class of 2020

April 30, 2020

Please join us as we recognize our graduating majors, minors and graduate students and their families. ...

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Stay Up to Date on the UMass Amherst Response to Coronavirus

University Relations is collaborating with partners across campus to gather and share the latest news and resources on UMass Amherst’s response to the coronavirus.

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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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