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

  • Walter Evans Collection of Frederick Douglass and Douglass Family Papers

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

  • 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


April 16, 2021
On the coattails of two senior faculty hires in African American studies, the department — in conjunction with the humanities and English departments — recently hired three...
March 26, 2021
On Thursday night, a filmmaker and two professors screened a new documentary about Soul! — the pioneering PBS show focusing on Black culture that ran from 1968 to 1973 — and...
March 24, 2021
The Grammys Thulani Davis and the Secret History of Women Writing Album Liner Notes Since its inception in 1964, the Grammy for best album notes has been awarded to just...

 Whitfield Lovell, American, Ode 1999

Engage with Our Ideas

“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

 ”The Dystopian Police State the Trump Administration Wants…,” Phillip Atiba Goff,  The Washington Post

Bisa Butler Quilt Kindred