AAS Students

  • 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.
  • Zhamoyani McMillan

    Zhamoyani McMillan is a member of the Class of 2021 from Queens and Brooklyn, majoring in African American Studies. His main interest is screenwriting and film, but he quickly gained interest in the AAS department due to the fact that his predominantly white high school had given him an education omitting the contributions of his people. It essentially deprived him of a curriculum like Princeton’s AAS department, focusing on the lives and history of Black-Americans.

  • Sydney Maple

    Sydney Maple, a member of the class of 2021, is a native of Malvern, Pennsylvania. Before she matriculated, one of the most exciting aspects of her impending Princeton experience was the chance to get to know the course offerings and the professors in the Department of African American Studies. Sydney had a consistent desire growing up to explore her blackness, and the way black identity shaped the distinct experiences of African American people from the inception of this nation.

  • Runako Campbell

    Runako Campbell is a member of the Class of 2021 from Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is ecstatic to be a part of the African-American Studies concentration and was immediately drawn to the department’s incredible professors and courses. Runako is pursuing a certificate in Dance and considers the art form to be a huge part of her life and identity. She intends to focus her academic studies in the dance realm. She is curious about the historical and current black dancing body, body memory, embodied knowledge, dance as activism, and arts inequity.

  • Laura Molina

    Laura Molina is a junior from Portland, Oregon concentrating in African American Studies, pursuing the Race and Public Policy track. She also plans to earn certificates in Latino Studies and Latin American Studies. Laura entered Princeton undecided, but was drawn to the AAS department after taking Professor Ruha Benjamin’s class, “Race is Socially Constructed, Now What?” a course that inspired her future course selections in the AAS department.

  • Faith Iloka

    Faith Iloka lives in Trenton, New Jersey, and is a proud concentrator of African American Studies with certificates in Music and Theatre. Before arriving at Princeton, her intended major was Psychology. Still, while taking the Introduction to AAS along with Social Psychology during her first semester, Faith quickly realized that the African American Studies department was the one for her. She determined this will be her approach in pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology, in hopes to encourage mental health awareness among minority communities.

  • Erica Dugué

    Erica Dugué is a member of the Class of 2021, most recently from Washington, D.C., and incredibly proud to be concentrating in the African American Studies department. Having entered Princeton with the intention of majoring in sociology, she quickly realized the imperative nature of approaching sociology from a critical race studies standpoint.

  • Ashley Hodges

    Ashley Hodges is a member of the Class of 2021 from Fredericksburg, VA. At Princeton, she is concentrating in African-American Studies with a Teacher’s Prep certificate. As a freshman, Ashley wanted to study politics with the hopes of becoming a politician. Although she isn’t sure if the dream of being a politician is completely behind her, she is sure that she has found her home away from home in the African American Studies department.

  • Arianne Rowe

    Arianne Rowe is a member of the Class of 2021 from New City, NY. Descending from the West Indian island of Montserrat, Arianne is choosing to focus on the Global Race and Ethnicity (GRE) track in the department of African-American Studies. Interested in studies of blackness in both anglophone and Spanish speaking parts of the Caribbean and the Americas, Arianne also plans to pursue certificates in the Spanish and Latin American studies departments.


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