Recent Faculty Publications

Check out Nitasha Sharma in Northwestern Magazine Fall2014!

Check out Dr. Sherwin Bryant's Interview on Black History Month!


2014 PhD Zinga Fraser has been awarded the 2014 Byran Jackson Dissertation Research on Minority Politics Award, which recognizes outstanding scholarship by a graduate student in the area of race and urban politics, from the American Political Science Association. Zinga will receive the award at the association's annual conference in Washington DC in August. Congratulations!

Check out the new website for the Comparative Race and Diaspora Cluster!

Damon Burchell Sanjani won a Nas Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at the Du Bois Institute at Harvard for 2014-2015

Keeanga Taylor was hired as an assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University

Courtney J. Patterson was hired as the inaugural Teaching Fellow in the Critical Identity Studies Program at Beloit College

Sam Tenorio won a School of Criticism and Theory Fellowship for this summer at Cornell University

Rembembering Dr. Richard Iton

Richard Iton, our colleague and a special friend to many of us in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University, passed away unexpectedly on April 24, 2013. Richard lived within the cultural and political membrane that entangled and connected the western nation and the black diaspora. This affectively and performatively located his biography across four main cities with significant black populations. Read the full Richard Iton obituary

Richard Iton Lecture: April 7, 2011, Cornell University

Video Platform Video Management Video Solutions Video Player


2015 Leon Forrest Lecture
April 9, 5:00p
Natasha Trethewey

Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing Director at Emory University


There are no upcoming events at this time.

About African American Studies at Northwestern

Northwestern University's Department of African American Studies offers courses comparing the black experience in various parts of the world, allowing students to learn to analyze identity, race, and racism as formations that change over time and space. This broad study of the black experience is one of the key features of the department.

Learn more

Recent Videos

TED TALKS 2013 - Controversial Blackness

"Controversial Blackness" TED TALKS 2013

Join Our Mailing List

Quarterly newsletter with updates about department research, events and activities.

March 2, 2015