Welcome to the Department of African American Studies at Yale. The African American Studies Department examines, from numerous disciplinary perspectives, the experiences of people of African descent in Black Atlantic societies, including the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

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From the Collection

  • The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shown here with former Yale trustee the Rev. Gardiner M. Day, received an honorary LL.D degree at Yale’s 263rd commencement in 1964.

  • Ella Fitzgerald in 1940, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, who documented much of the Harlem Renaissance.Credit...Carl Van Vechten © Van Vechten Trust

  • Walter Evans Collection of Frederick Douglass and Douglass Family Papers

  • Half length group portrait, family group of six; father, mother, four children


January 3, 2022
ATTENTION: the 2022 deadline for transfer applications has now been extended. All students who are interested in applying to transfer into the Combined Ph.D. program may...
November 29, 2021
Yale College Dean Marvin Chun will host a gathering in the spring of 2022, in person if public health conditions permit, to honor the recipients of this year’s annual Poorvu...
November 21, 2021
This past week, the Kyle Rittenhouse trial was a sharp reminder of 2020’s summer of protest against police violence. After a police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last...

 Whitfield Lovell, American, Ode 1999

Engage with Our Ideas

“Style With Soul: How The World’s Most Iconic Black Women Singers Expressed Themselves Through Fashion,” Tavia Nyong’o Vogue

“White Supermacy as Daily Pratice,” Micah Jones, Historians’ Watch

“José Muñoz, Then and There: On the afterlives of the pioneering queer theorist,” Tavia Nyong’o, thebaffler.com

Bisa Butler Quilt Kindred