• Losier's Book Publication: Rethinking the American Prison Movement

    by Toussaint Losier and Dan Berger

    Rethinking the American Prison Movement critically reviews and engages the transformational and ongoing struggles against America’s prison system. Dan Berger and Toussaint Losier show how prisoners have used strikes, lawsuits, uprisings, writings, and diverse coalitions with free-world allies to challenge prison conditions and other kinds of inequality. 

  • Rusert's Book Looks Back at Fight Against Racist Sciences

    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 at Diverse Issues in Higher Education

  • 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.


French Radio to Feature Music of Steve Tracy

February 01, 2018

Steve Tracy, Distinguished Professor of Afro-American studies, and his band the Crawling Kingsnakes will be featured on a French radio program specializing in blues....

Rosa Clemente, doctoral student in Afro-American Studies, at the Golden Globes

January 09, 2018

"Time’s Up: Activists Join Actresses on Golden Globes Red Carpet to Call for Gender & Racial Justice" See the video on Democracy Now

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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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