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

Book Conversation on May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem
Imani Perry, Kinohi Nishikawa
Conversations with Maya Angelou
Claudia Tate
The Difficult Miracle: The Living Legacy of June Jordan
Imani Perry
Reimagining Science and Technology
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Ruha Benjamin

Upcoming Events

Walking Histories: Race and Protest at Princeton and in Trenton
May 31, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
AAS Reunions Mixer
Jun 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Class Day 2018
Jun 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Senator Cory Booker To Deliver Class Day Address
Jun 4, 2018 @ 10:30 am
Nell Painter—Old in Art School
Jun 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
i am my ancestors’ wildest dreams: contemporary cultures of black impossibility
Oct 18, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018