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Our Department provides rich cross-cultural, historical, and contemporary analyses of sociopolitical and economic realities lived by Africans and those in the African Diaspora. 

Our Faculty’s areas of interest and research are broad, and our courses encompass such topics as Politics and History; Literature; Linguistics; Anthropology; Gender and Sexuality; Pop Culture, Art, and Music; and Law. 

AAAD Faculty have won awards that include the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights’ Outstanding Book Award, the R.D.W. Connor Best Article Award in North Carolina History, and the African Politics Conference Group’s Best Book Award, and are invited to speak throughout the country and the world. Our students have earned such distinctions as Canada’s McGill University Killam Fellowship for Study.