Graduate Program

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 Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor 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.

 


 

Upcoming Graduate Events

2019-2020 Faculty-Graduate Seminar Featuring Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

Wed, Dec 11, 2019, 4:30 pm
As our media-saturated culture exhausts every possible angle of consuming race, a new generation of scholars, activists, and artists has turned to investigating the structuring conditions of how blackness is experienced in everyday life.
Location: Barfield - Johnson Seminar Room (201) Stanhope Hall, Princeton University
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2020-2021 Postdoctoral Positions Application

Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 11:59 pm
The Department of African American Studies at Princeton University invites applications from pre-tenure scholars and recent Ph.D. graduates in all disciplines for two postdoctoral or more senior research positions. These positions will be awarded for the academic year 2020-2021 to emerging scholars who will devote their nine-month residency at...

PIIRS Undergraduate Fellowship

Sun, Dec 15, 2019 (All day)

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) administers a program aimed at facilitating summer international research for the senior thesis. These fellowships are available to students working in any discipline who are about to begin the second semester of their junior year on campus, and are interested in conducting...

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