AAS 230 / ENG 231 (LA)

The Fire This Time: Reading James Baldwin

1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M

This course examines the selected non-fiction writings of one of America’s most influential essayists and public intellectuals: James Baldwin. Attention will be given to his views on ethics, art, and politics – with particular consideration given to his critical reflections on race and democracy.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and Life

AAS 242 / ENG 242 (LA)

Other Futures: An Introduction to Modern Caribbean Literature

11:00 am - 12:20 pm TTh

Nijah Cunningham

This course introduces students to major theories and debates within the study of Caribbean literature and culture with a particular focus on the idea of catastrophe. Reading novels and poetry that address the historical loss and injustices that have given shape to the modern Caribbean, we will explore questions of race, gender, and sexuality and pay considerable attention to the figure of the black body caught in the crosscurrents of a catastrophic history. We will analyze how writers and artists attempted to construct alternative images of the future from the histories of slavery and colonialism that haunt the Caribbean and its Diasporas.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and LifeGlobal Race and Ethnicity


AAS 256 / REL 256 (HA) (LA)

African American Religious History

12:30 pm - 1:20 pm TTh

This course will trace the origins and development of African American religion in the United States. It will begin with the important debate about “Africanisms” and an examination of “slave religion” in its various forms. We will also discuss urban religion and the rise of “The Black Gods of the Metropolis”. In addition to Christian and quasi-Christian groups, we will also explore the rise of non-Christian groups such as Black Hebrews and the Nation of Islam. The course concludes with an examination of the contested role of black churches during the Civil Rights Movement.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and Life

AAS 327 / ENG 379 / GSS 368 (LA)

Masters of the 20th Century: Lorraine Hansberry

1:30 pm – 4:20 pm W

This special topics course will focus on artists and intellectuals whose corpus reflects and illuminates 20th century African American life. Lorraine Hansberry, the first African American female playwright to have a play open on Broadway, explored a series of critical themes in her work, including: race, migration, colonialism, gender and social class. In addition to having a distinguished career as a playwright, Hansberry was an activist and advocate for gender and racial justice. Students will study her published and unpublished plays, essays and poetry, as well as relevant social and cultural history and literary criticism.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and Life

AAS 341 / ART 375 (LA)

Enter the New Negro: Black Atlantic Aesthetics

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm MW

Born in the late 1800s, the New Negro movement demanded political equality, desegregation, and an end to lynching, while also launching new forms of international Black cultural expression. The visionary modernity of its artists not only reimagined the history of the black diaspora by developing new artistic languages through travel, music, religion and poetry, but also shaped modernism as a whole in the 20th century. Incorporating field trips and sessions in the Princeton University Art Museum, this course explores Afro-modern forms of artistic expression from the late 19th-century into the mid-20th century.

AAS Subfield: Global Race and Ethnicity

AAS 353/ENG 352 (LA)

African American Literature: Origins to 1910

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T
3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T

Cassandra Jackson

This introductory course focuses on texts from the mid-eighteenth century through the early 20th century; it will cover early texts such as poetry by Phillis Wheatley & Paul Laurence Dunbar; oratory by David Walker, Sojourner Truth; slave narratives by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs; spirituals; black theatre by Pauline Hopkins, Bert Williams; fiction by Charles Chesnutt, James Weldon Johnson; & non-fiction by W.E.B. Du Bois, Anna Julia Cooper, Booker T. Washington. The course explores how black literature engages with the politics of cultural identity formation, notions of freedom, citizenship, and aesthetic forms.

AAS Subfield: Global Race and EthnicityAfrican American Culture and Life

AAS 362 / WWS 386 / POL 338 (SA)

Race and the American Legal Process

11:00 am – 11:50 am MW
10:00 am – 10:50 am M

This course examines the dynamic and often conflicted relationships between African American struggles for inclusion, and the legislative, administrative, and judicial decision-making responding to or rejecting those struggles, from Reconstruction to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In tracing these relationships we will cover issues such as property, criminal law, suffrage, education, and immigration, with a focus on the following theoretical frameworks: equal protection, due process, civic participation and engagement, and political recognition.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and Life, Race and Public Policy, Global Race and Ethnicity

AAS 372 / ART 374 / AMS 372 (LA)

Postblack: Contemporary African American Art

1:30 pm – 4:20 pm W

As articulated by Thelma Golden, postblack refers to the work of African American artists who emerged in the 1990s with ambitious, irreverent, and sassy work. Though hard to define, postblack suggested the emergence of a generation of artists removed from the long tradition of black affirmation of the Harlem Renaissance, black empowerment of the Black Arts movement, and identity politics of the 1980s and early 90s. This seminar provides an opportunity for a deep engagement with the work of African American artists of the past decade. It will involve critical and theoretical readings on multiculturalism, race, identity, and contemporary art.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and Life & Global Race and Ethnicity

AAS 384 / PSY 384 (SA)

Prejudice: Its Causes, Consequences & Cures

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm TTh
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th

Prejudice is one of the most contentious topics in modern American society. There is debate regarding its causes, pervasiveness, and impact. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the psychological research relevant to these questions. We will review theoretical perspectives on prejudice to develop an understanding of its cognitive, affective, and motivational underpinnings. We will also discuss how these psychological biases relate to evaluations of, and behavior toward, members of targeted groups. In addition, research-based strategies for reducing prejudice will be discussed.

AAS Subfield: Race and Public Policy

AAS 442 / AFS 442 / COM 425 (LA)

African Radical Thought and Revolutionary Youth Culture

7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T

African thought continues to be marginalized, even though radical black intellectuals have shaped a number of social movements and global intellectual history. African youths are innovating new models that are revolutionizing the sciences, law, social and visual media, fashion, etc. In this class, we read classics of African thought and study contemporary African youth culture together to theorize what is happening in Africa today. This includes reading such African theorists as Frantz Fanon, V. Y. Mudimbe, and Achille Mbembe, and researching innovations in contemporary African urban popular culture.

AAS Subfield: Global Race and Ethnicity

AAS 506 / REL 514 / GSS 506 (SA)

Sexuality and Religion in America

1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W

Sexuality has long been a contested and contentious issue within American religions, yet only recently have scholars and practitioners begun to forthrightly address it. This course will explore the emerging literature on sexuality and religion as a way to understand how approaches to sex and sexuality within “sacred spaces” have shaped private behavior and public opinion. We will give particular attention to American Evangelical and Catholic religious expressions for the way they have been especially influential in framing (and inhibiting) sexual discourse and practices in the US and throughout the world.

Graduate course.

ART 260 / AAS 260 / AFS 260 (LA) (LA)

Introduction to African Art

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm TTh
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T

An introduction to African art and architecture from prehistory to the 20th century. Beginning with Paleolithic rock art of northern and southern Africa, we will cover ancient Nubia and Meroe; Neolithic cultures such as Nok, Djenne and Ife; African kingdoms, including Benin, Asante, Bamun, Kongo, Kuba, Great Zimbabwe, and the Zulu; Christian Ethiopia and the Islamic Swahili coast; and other societies, such as the Sherbro, Igbo, and the Maasai. By combining Africa’s cultural history and developments in artistic forms we establish a long historical view of the stunning diversity of the continent’s indigenous arts and architecture.

AAS Subfield: Global Race and Ethnicity


CWR 316 / AAS 336 / AMS 396 / LAO 316 (LA) (LA)

Special Topics In Poetry: Race, Identity and Innovation

1:30 pm - 3:50 pm W

Monica Y. Youn

This workshop explores the link between racial identity and poetic innovation in work by contemporary poets of color. Experimental or avant-garde poetry in the American literary tradition has often defined itself as “impersonal,” “against expression” or “post-identity.” Unfortunately, this mindset has tended to exclude or downplay poems that engage issues of racial identity. This course explores works where poets of color have treated racial identity as a means to destabilize literary ideals of beauty, mastery and the autonomy of the text while at the same time engaging in poetic practices that subvert conceptions of identity or authenticity.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and Life

DAN 211 / AAS 211 (LA) (LA)

The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance Practices

2:30 pm – 4:20 pm MW

Dyane Harvey Salaam

A studio course introducing students to American dance aesthetics and practices, with a focus on how its evolution has been influenced by African American choreographers and dancers. An ongoing study of movement practices from traditional African dances and those of the African diaspora, touching on American jazz dance, modern dance, and American ballet. Studio work will be complemented by readings, video viewings, guest speakers, and dance studies.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and LifeGlobal Race and Ethnicity

ENG 397 / AAS 397 / COM 339 (LA)

New Diasporas: Black British Literature

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm TTh

This is a course on the dynamic body of works produced by migrants and descendants of migrants from Africa and the Caribbean in Britain since the 1950s. How has the migrant experience transformed the British cultural landscape after the end of an empire? What does it mean to be British and Black? How have migrant writers created new aesthetic forms to respond to the meaning of postcolonial Britishness? How does writing function as a mode of imagining alternative spaces of belonging? Readings will range from the novels of migrant arrival in the 1950s and the works of Zadie Smith to “post-racial” novels by Helen Oyeyemi and Aminatta Forna.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and LifeGlobal Race and Ethnicity

FRE 376 / AAS 378 (LA) (LA)

Haiti: History, Literature, and Arts of the First Black Republic

11:00 am - 12: 20 pm MW

F. Nick Nesbitt

This course will offer an overview of the history and culture of Haiti, the world’s first black republic. In 1804, the former slaves of French St. Domingue under the leadership of Toussaint Louverture defeated the most powerful army in the world, Napoleon’s to become the world’s first post-slavery, black republic. The course will sample the rich history, novels, Afro-caribbean religion (Vodun), plays, music, film, and visual arts of this unique postcolonial nation.

GSS 345 / AAS 355 / ENG 399 / AMS 373 (EM) (EM)

Pleasure, Power and Profit: Race and Sexualities in a Global Era

1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T

Anne McClintock

Pleasure Power and Profit explores the intimate ways that sexualities and race are entwined in contemporary culture, historically, and in our own lives. Why are questions about sexuality and race some of the most controversial, compelling, yet often taboo issues of our time? Exploring films, popular culture, novels, social media, and theory, we engage themes like: race, gender and empire; fetishism, Barbie, vampires and zombies; sex work and pornography; marriage and monogamy; queer sexualities; and strategies for social empowerment such as: Black Lives Matter, the new campus feminism, and global movements against sexual and gender violence.

GSS 502 / AAS 502 / POL 514 (LA)

Gender and Sexuality in American Politics and Policy

1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T

Dara Strolovitch

This course examines the ways in which gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by U.S. politics and public policy, emphasizing intersections with other categories, identities, and forms of marginalization including race, ethnicity, class, ideology, and partisan identification. We examine the history, approaches, and controversies in research about gender and sexuality in U.S. politics from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. We also explore feminist, queer, and intersectional theories and methodologies, related work from other disciplines, and research that does not fit neatly into traditional disciplinary categories.

AAS Subfield: Race and Public Policy

HIS 577 / AAS 577 (LA)

Readings in African American History

1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the literature of African-American History, from the colonial era up to more recent times. Major themes and debates are highlighted. The course should help students to define interests within the field to pursue further study and research and also to aid preparation for examinations.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and Life

NES 411 / AFS 412 / AAS 412 / HIS 457 (HA) (LA)

Human Trafficking and its Demise: African and European Slaves in Modern Islam (16th – 21st Century)

1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W

M'hamed Oualdi

What did slavery represent for Islamic societies, and what does human trafficking mean in the Middle East and North Africa nowadays as Salafist groups such as ISIS restore practices of enslavement in Syria and Iraq? After a presentation of the issues related to slavery in Muslim societies today, we will ask ourselves if there was even such thing as Islamic slavery: Did Muslim societies organize a specific type of slave trade? To what extent was slavery a pivotal institution? We will see that various experiences of slavery shaped discourses about race and gender, and we will assess the main legacies of slavery in current Muslim societies.

AAS Subfield: Global Race and Ethnicity

POL 319 / AAS 316 / AMS 391 (EM) (LA)

History of African American Political Thought

9:00 am - 9:50 am TTh

Desmond D. Jagmohan

This course explores central themes and ideas in the history of African American political thought: slavery and freedom, solidarity and sovereignty, exclusion and citizenship, domination and democracy, inequality and equality, rights and respect. Readings will be drawn, primarily, from canonical authors, including Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, Booker T. Washington, Anna Julia Cooper, Ida B. Wells, W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Ralph Ellison, Kwame Ture and Charles Hamilton, and Martin Luther King, Jr. This is an introductory course, which emphasizes both thematic and historical approaches to political theory.

AAS Subfield: African American Culture and LifeRace and Public Policy