African American Studies at Princeton turns fifty years old this academic year. This academic unit has grown from a program to a Center, to a department. Today the department holds many of the most prolific and notable African American Studies scholars in the world.
The Department of African American Studies at Princeton University provides an exciting and innovative model for teaching and research about African-descended people, with a central focus on their experiences in the United States. We embody this mission in a curriculum that reflects the complex interplay between the political, economic, and cultural forces that shape our understanding of the historic achievements and struggles of African-descended people in this country and around the world.