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  • John H. Bracey Jr., Fellowship Fund Supports Graduate Students in Afro-American Studies

    An endowed graduate fellowship has been established in honor of John H. Bracey, Jr., professor of Afro-American studies at UMass Amherst since 1972. The fund is now active. The John H. Bracey, Jr. Fellowship Fund will provide summer fellowship support for doctoral students in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies who have achieved candidacy and are engaged in research and writing their dissertations.

  • 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.


The Shirley Graham Du Bois Award 2022

May 17, 2022

We are pleased to announce two winners for this year's Shirley Graham Du Bois Award, which recognizes the top senior project in Afro-American Studies:  ...

Du Bois Department's Response to the Anti-Black Incidents on Campus

May 11, 2022

Message to UMass Amherst from the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies in Response to the Anti-Black Incidents on Campus...

Du Bois Department's Doctoral Student Achievements 2022

April 27, 2022

Post-Doctoral Fellowships and Job Placements...

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Chayanne Chataigne, UMass Amherst Class of '21
Alumni Profile

Chayanne Chataigne '21

A resident of Worcester, MA, Chayanne Chataigne decided on UMass Amherst due to its proximity to home and financial aid offerings. Chayanne was initially a psychology major, but during the fall of her first year she took a general education course on Afro-American history from 1619 to 1860. In the spring, she took Introduction to Black Studies. Eventually, she made the decision to add the Black Studies major to enrich her academic path. She graduates with a dual degree in psychology and Afro-Am Studies. 

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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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