Faculty Areas of Research
Africana Studies faculty are nationally and internationally recognized and have won a number of prestigious grants, fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the Smithsonian Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the Senior Getty Program Grant, the Society for the Humanities Fellowship at Cornell University, the Senior Gender Fellowship at UCLA, the Center for Advanced Study Fellowship (Stanford University), the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training Fellowship (New York University), and the National University Humanities Center Fellowship and others.
Current areas of faculty research are concentrated in the following areas:
African and African American literatures; African and African diaspora history; African and African diaspora art; African labor history; African women and feminism; black nationalisms; black psychological development and mental health; classical and post-colonial literature and criticism; democracy and globalization; folklore and mythology; jazz studies; hip-hop studies; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender psychology; Muslim peoples of the world; oral literature; pan-Africanism; third world politics; and West African history. Our department is well known for cutting-edge publications in various areas of scholarship and creativity.