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Focus on three major subfields: African-American studies, African and diaspora studies, or urban studies.

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Our actively engaged faculty and affiliated faculty's work spans diverse academic disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and public health.

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The Center for Africana Studies is committed to supporting its faculty affiliates, undergraduate and graduate student organizations, and other campus units with programming focused on Black Studies.

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Debra Thompson

Debra Thompson, Associate Professor of Political Science McGill University Talk Location: TBA This lecture is part of the Center for Africana Studies 2023 – 2024 Speaker Series.

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CAS Faculty Open Letter in Support of Dr. Sherita Golden

Dr. DeWeese and Dr. Sowers, As faculty members in the Center for Africana Studies, we write to express our profound disappointment with Johns Hopkins Medicine’s response to recent attacks on […]

A Taste of Black Freedom

The Center for Africana Studies is pleased to host “A Taste of Black Freedom,” our 2022-23 symposium that explores the history, politics, and knowledges of black foodways in Baltimore, with […]

Minkah Makalani ventures beyond what can be imagined

The new director for the interdisciplinary Johns Hopkins Center for Africana Studies has seen firsthand how collaboration between the academy and the community can yield ideas unfettered by preconceived notions and expectations.