• 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.

  • FUGITIVE SCIENCE: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture

    Congratulations to Professor Britt Rusert for her first book publication: Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (NYU Press).

  • 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.

  • Steven Tracy Named Distinguished Professor

    One of four professors to receive the honor, Professor Tracy was recognized as an authority on African-American literature and the blues.


AfroAm Ph.D. Graduates 2016-2017

May 23, 2017

Flávia Santos de Araújo...

UMass Amherst African-American Studies Program Comes of Age

March 29, 2017

Visionary Leadership...

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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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