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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

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Postdoctoral Job Search 2015-2016

The Department of African American Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University invites applications for a two year Postdoctoral Fellowship.  PhD must be completed by September 1, 2016.  Recent Ph.D.s (degree granted during or after 2014) with a commitment to the field of African American and/or African Diaspora studies are encouraged to apply.

This two year fellowship is residential and provides a competitive stipend and benefits, a visiting appointment in the Department of African American Studies (including teaching two classes in the Department), and participation in the intellectual life of the Department and University.

Applicants should submit electronically via this link by December 15, 2015:
1) a current curriculum vitae,
2) a letter of application detailing the research project to be undertaken during the fellowship years,
3) a sample of scholarly writing,
4) evidence relating to the quality of teaching (syllabi and teaching evaluations),
5) three letters of recommendation (including one letter from the dissertation advisor) to: Post Doctoral Search Committee Chair

All inquiries should be addressed to Suzette Denose at 847-491-5122 or  AA/EOE.  Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


2015 Allison Davis Lecture
October 22,2015 at 4:30p
McCormick Tribune Center
"Brick Walls: Racism and the Hardening of History"
Sara Ahmed

Professor in Race and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London

2016 Leon Forrest Lecture
March 3, 2016
Location: TBD

Elizabeth Alexander

Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University


Thursday, October 224:30 PM
Allison Davis Lecture

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.

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