About the Field

We believe that African American Studies offers an extraordinary bibliography which, in many ways, equips students, and all those who study the field, to become global citizens.

The following question is often, and rightfully, asked of African American Studies scholars by the public: What can we as scholars actually do from our positions of relative comfort and security in order to produce true change?

To address racial inequality, our department believes that we must:

  1. Respond to the persistence of inequality and the practices that lead to it, and
  2. Respond to the massive upwards distribution of wealth.

Many scholarly pursuits in African American Studies are inevitably tied to one — or both — of these two aspects.

So we continually work to build the bridge between the theoretical and the practical. We understand that knowledge gained in the classroom translates in the world in very concrete and practical ways, especially in terms of how we address problems of persistent racial inequality and other structural barriers that continually confront our communities.

Latest in the AAS 21 Repertoire

On 'Bound in Wedlock'
Tera Hunter
'This Is Me Being A Moralist'
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
The South’s Changing Political Landscape
Imani Perry
From #BlackLivesMatter to the White Power Presidency
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Upcoming Events

i am my ancestors’ wildest dreams: contemporary cultures of black impossibility
Oct 18, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
Intersections: "'Burning All Illusion': Abstraction, Black Life, and the Unmaking of White Supremacy."
Oct 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
http://aas.princeton.edu/fac-grad-sem/faculty-graduate-seminar-2018-2019-surveilling-blackness-race-and-the-maximum-security-society/
Oct 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Cotes
Nov 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Anita Hill Lecture
Apr 10, 2019 @ 4:30 pm