Graduate Studies in AAS

African American and African Diaspora Studies is a field rooted in the study of social meaning, art, and political life, produced under particular conditions and by people with both ascriptive and interior identifications with Africanness or blackness. These particular conditions take various forms, but at a foundational level consist of the encounter between the black subject and the historic juridical, economic and global political order that deems or treats her as liminal, appropriate for exploitation/subjugation and/or ancillary or supplemental to the idea of the person or human. 

– Imani Perry

The Graduate Studies program in African American Studies provides an opportunity for students to complement doctoral studies in their home department with coordinated interdisciplinary training in African American Studies. Students entering the program may come from any department in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Requirements for earning the graduate certificate include the introductory readings course, AAS 500; two additional courses; participation in the yearlong Faculty-Graduate Seminar; and completion of a dissertation on a topic of significance to the field of African American Studies. Students wishing to obtain a graduate certificate in African American Studies are encouraged to consult with the Director of Graduate Affairs, ideally during their first year, to plan their course of study.

Graduate engagement with the department is not limited to students pursuing requirements of the certificate. Participation in the Faculty-Graduate Seminar, with its annually rotating focus area, is open to all Princeton graduate students seeking to engage in the intellectually stimulating community of the department. Recent seminar topics include ‘Black Studies in the Digital Age,’ ‘Sexuality in African American Communities and Cultures,’ ‘Black Studies and Biopolitics,’ ‘African/American Diasporic Literature’ and ‘The Politics of Black Families and Intimacies.’ The department also sponsors programming and events throughout the academic year for graduate students at all stages.

Professor Joshua Guild serves as the director of Graduate Studies for the Department of African American Studies.

Note:  Students cannot be admitted to Princeton University through the African American Studies Certificate Program since it is not a degree program. All graduate admissions decisions will be made through affiliated departments.

 

Certificate Requirements

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Nov 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - Feb 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
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Nov 27, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
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Nov 28, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
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  3. 'What Was African American Marriage?' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Tera Hunter 44:59
  4. 'Before Cornel West, After Cornel West' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Cornel West 52:46
  5. 'An Insistence on Not Being Discouraged' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chika Okeke-Agulu 55:19
  6. 'A Through Line for African American Studies' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Imani Perry 44:07
  7. 'Activism and Risk in the Face of Trump' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Asanni York, Destiny Crockett 43:02
  8. 'Langston Hughes, Religious Thinker' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Wallace Best 45:50
  9. 'Convergences and Dissonance' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor, Naomi Murakawa, & Imani Perry 60:08