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  • 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.

     

  • 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.
     

     

     

  • 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.

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Dr. Julia Charles Featured on MSNBC Podcast Into America

February 18, 2021

With Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, Trymaine Lee...

UMass Amherst Launches Black Presence Initiative

February 16, 2021

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has launched a new Black Presence Initiative. The Initiative, spearheaded by the Office of Equity and Inclusion, is coordinating a series of...

Professor Parker Receives NEH Fellowship

February 16, 2021

AMHERST, Mass.—The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $32.8 million in grants to support 213 humanities projects in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico....

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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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