AAS Students

  • 2020 AAS Virtual Class Day

    Mon, Jun 1, 2020, 1:00 pm
    Join the Department of African American Studies as we virtually celebrate the achievements of our 2020 graduates.
  • Wayward Negro Religions in the 20th Century Slum

    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    In 1911, the Baltimore Afro-American(link is external) reported that a Philadelphia African American man declared Cambridge, Maryland “not a prosperous field for a street preacher.” The man arrived in Cambridge at the end of September and “expound[ed] the Word to the many who frequent[ed] Water street and its environments.” Unfortunately, “he found that his collections [only] amounted to 64 cents the first week.” The unnamed street preacher had struggled to pay his rent in Philadelphia and came to Cambridge for a fresh start but faced similar challenges in his new city, as those who passed him by deemed him a beggar, or worse, a nuisance. Spending additional hours on the street corner in Cambridge, as he had done in the city of Brotherly Love, “he made an extra effort to have the populace increase this magnificent sum, and was rewarded with just enough to make $1.” His earnings were not enough to cover his rent, but it procured him a ticket back home to Philadelphia. 1(link is external)
  • Lauren Johnson

    Lauren Johnson is a member of the Class of 2021 from Maplewood, New Jersey. At Princeton, she is majoring in African American Studies with a certificate in French. Originally in the English department, she transitioned to African American Studies as it offered a better lens which strayed away from the problematic western canon and offered more intriguing readings which led to more engaging conversations in her seminars. She has a strong love of literature, and specifically is interested in contemporary black writers and expat writers who lived all throughout Europe.

  • CALL FOR ENTRIES: Undergraduate Prize Submissions, Dept. of English (Due 3/11/19)

    Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 11:59 pm
    The Department of English has Class Day Prizes for Creative Writers! All undergraduate students are welcome to enter poetry, essays and short stories for these awards. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the term. To submit a prize entry, click on the prize descriptions below or visit our website.
  • Graduate Reflection: The Experience of Heath Pearson, Ph.D.

    Friday, Nov 22, 2019
    by Heath Pearson

    What does it mean to belong to the African American intellectual tradition?

    Professors Eddie Glaude and Imani Perry asked this question as we sat in the first session of “AAS 500: African-American Intellectual Tradition.” It has stuck with me. And in September, when I begin a fellowship at the University of Michigan, with an appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, it will be my turn to help others explore this question. 

  • Undergraduate Reflection: The Experience of Cierra Robson '19

    Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019
    by Cierra Robson
    In Stanhope, our professors, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduate colleagues push us to ask normative questions about power. More than what is, we ask what should be. The department’s multidisciplinary approach teaches us that reforms of broken systems are not enough, that some of the best solutions come from the imagined worlds of fiction or artwork, and that history often repeats itself and has effects that ripple globally.


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