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.