The mission of African American and African Studies (AAAS) as an interdisciplinary intellectual collective is centered on the study and production of knowledge of Africa and the African Diaspora, especially in the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. We feel charged with the task of providing an integrative education aimed at illuminating the experiences, lives and circumstances of peoples in Africa and its Diasporas, along with the many diasporas of Black peoples globally and transnationally. As a unit we are committed to making concrete connections between our scholarship, pedagogy, and the cause of racial and social justice.
We are currently transitioning from a program to a department. During this transition, we are not accepting applications for admission. Thank you for your interest in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University.
Announcing the AAAS Transition Team
The African American and African Studies (AAAS) Transition Team is a group composed of faculty and staff who have been charged by Dean Christopher Long with facilitating this phase of development toward a new department of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University.
Kristie Dotson Appointed Interim Chair
Professor Kristie Dotson has been appointed Interim Chair of the AAAS Program. Since 2008, Dotson has served as a member of the Department of Philosophy faculty at Michigan State University. She led the AAAS Vision Process, which brought interested faculty together to imagine and construct the new Department of AAAS.
NEW DEPARTMENT OF AAAS APPROVED
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has approved the establishment of a Department of African American and African Studies, which will support the work of students, faculty, and staff associated with the existing AAAS program and will help re-establish MSU’s position as a national leader in Black and Africana Studies.
Proposed Areas of Study
Feminisms, genders and sexualities studies are integral to understanding African peoples and African descended peoples on a global stage. This area of study promotes the methodological dexterity necessary to, at once, think locally, nationally, transnationally and globally about forces shaping our everyday lives.
This area of study explores and promotes critical approaches that track literary, social, cultural, political, and economic influences that shape narrations of self, community, environments, and geographies.
History remains an indispensable core discipline of Africana Studies. Moreover, the past experiences of African, African American, and African descended people throughout the world have profoundly shaped their contemporary conditions and will inevitably impact their future lives.