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African, African American and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) is an interdisciplinary department that provides students with the array of theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, and analytical skills necessary for the serious study of the sociopolitical and economic realities lived by Africans and those in the African Diaspora. Our faculty have expertise in several disciplines and areas of knowledge, and their teaching interests and research are broad, as reflected in the books and courses featured on this website. Every semester, we offer a wide range of classes on topics related to Politics and History; Literature; Linguistics; Anthropology; Gender and Sexuality; Pop Culture, Art, and Music; and Law.
AAAD faculty members have won awards that include a Fulbright Hayes Fellowship, 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, a Rhodes Scholarship, 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, and AAAD alumni have prospered in careers in education, business, government, international affairs, cultural preservation, and NGO and nonprofit work.