I am a rising senior, Pre-Law, GS undergraduate student studying African American studies--with a sub-concentration in Political Science. I am preparing to apply to law schools this fall for Fall of 2016 admittance and plan on becoming a civil rights attorney, and subsequently organizing around a politics SPECIFICALLY targeting African Americans and poor people. Before coming to Columbia University I lived in San Francisco, where I worked full-time as a...

African American Studies / Political Science


UNDERGRADUATE: African-American Studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum that examines the experiences of people of the African Diaspora -- sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States and Canada and Europe...READ MORE >>
GRADUATE: Our Master of Arts Program is designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in the literature and research of African-American Studies, and enable them to produce critical analysis and research about the complex and historically...READ MORE >>

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Mabel Wilson Faculty Fellow is author of Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums , focusing on black Americans’ participation in world’s fairs, Emancipation expositions, and early black grassroots museums and tracing the evolution of black public history from the Civil War through the...


IRAAS is an intellectual community that bridges scholarship, teaching, and public life.
We envision the project of African American Studies as a multi-disciplinary enterprise. Our faculty employ an array of theoretical approaches and methodological strategies to examine historical and contemporary formations in black culture, politics, and society.
IRAAS engages in a broad program of research and teaching that attends to the diversity...READ MORE >>

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Unequal City: Race, Schools and Perceptions of Injustice Chicago has long struggled with racial residential segregation, high rates of poverty, and deepening class stratification, and it can be a challenging place for adolescents to grow up. Unequal City examines the ways in which Chicago’s most vulnerable residents navigate their neighborhoods, life opportunities, and encounters with the law. In this pioneering analysis of the intersection of race, place, and opportunity, sociologist and criminal justice expert Carla Shedd illuminates how schools either reinforce or ameliorate the social inequalities that shape the worlds of these adolescents. READ MORE

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Fall 2014 Conference: Call for Proposals

February 01, 2013
Fall 2014 Conference: Call for Proposals
"Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?: Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics"

Deadline: April 15, 2014