Announcement: Graduate Certificate Program in African American Studies Approved!


Consider joining the Afro Latin@ Working Group at Northwestern! For more information on its mission and events, please click here.



Read "The Problem of Intergration" a blog post done by Mary Pattillo

Read Huffington Post's "Black Voices" for quotes from Dr. Sherwin Bryant

Read an Ebony article featuring Dr. Mary Pattillo: "The Disappearance of the Black American Dream: Can Our Middle Class Survive?"

Read an APA Marketplace interview with Celeste Watkins-Hayes: Flying with a net, literal and figurative.

Chair of the Department, Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, has published several op eds. Click titles, below, to read:

The Power of the Prenup: Let's Broaden This Discussion

No more working at home: Is it the end of the smart mom?

Ending the AIDS Epidemic


Latasha Levy was awarded a Carter G. Woodson postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia and was selected for the University of Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity Emerging Diversity Scholar citation.

Keeanga Taylor was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

Dwayne Nash earned the NU Presidential Fellowship.

Tera Agyepong will be an Assistant Professor of History at DePaul University in the Fall.

Cecilio Cooper was awarded a Full Fellowship to attend the Uppsala International Summer Session to undertake an intensive study of Swedish. Cecilio has also been awarded a Summer Language Grant by TGS.

Florence Adibu was accepted into the University of South Florida's Culture and Society Program for an intensive Portuguese language class at Faculdade da Social Bahia this summer and she received a TGS Summer Language Grant, as well!

Jackson Bartlett was awarded an SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship.

Courtney Patterson received an Honorable Mention for the Ford Dissertation Grant.



First year graduate student, Florence Adibu, will be making two presentations on her work on domestic workers in Brazil: the 15th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference at the University of Chicago on March 2, 2013 and at " Engendering Change:
 The Third Annual Graduate Student Gender and Sexualities Conference" Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, 2013 at the 
University of Illinois at Chicago.

Advanced graduate student, Keeanga Taylor received a Lannan Foundation Writer's Residency. Congratulations Keeanga!

Affiliate Richard Joseph is working on his book,State, Governance and Development in AFrica, 1978-2012 this year. He also has two forthcoming chapters in new books: "The Logic and Legacy of Prebendalism in Nigeria" (in Democracy and Prebendalism in Nigergia: Critical Interpretations, eds. Wale Abedanwi and Ebenezer Obadare), and "Corporate Social Responsibility and Latecomer Industrialization in Nigeria" in a forthcoming book edited by Charlotte Walker-Said. Read Dr. Joseph's blog, "President Obama and Sub-Saharan Africa" and his blog on Obama and Africa here.


Northwestern Political Union sponsored the State of the Union debate at Northwestern University featuring Barnor Hesse and Charles Mills May 9, 2011. Watch video here.



2014 Allison Davis Lecture
October 9, 5:15p
Craig Steven Wilder
Professor and head of the History at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Timing Is Everything: A Mulit-Disciplinary Symposium on Non-Linear Temporalities
October 24-25th
Organized by Emily Rohrbach and Michelle Wright


2015 Leon Forrest Lecture
April 9, 5:00p

Harris Hall 107
Natasha Trethewey

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

Thursday, October 22, 20154:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Allison Davis Lecture







February 20, 2015