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Dedicated to the histories, cultures, and political movements of black communities across the United States and the wider African diaspora, African American Studies at Emory University pursues academic excellence and social responsibility through interdisciplinary scholarship, transformational pedagogy, and engagement with local, national, and international communities of African descent.

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Pellom McDaniels Research Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipient of the Pellom McDaniels Research Award
Treasure Welle
It Takes a Village: Images of Black Kinship and Perseverance
AAS 325: Black Love with Dr. Dianne Stewart


Congratulations to the recipient of the Pellom McDaniels Research Award
Carolina Orduno
More Than an Elder: Gwendolyn Brooks
AAS 262: Survey of African American Literature Since 1900 with Dr. Michelle Gordon

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Applications Are Now Closed

MMUF is committed to forging a just academy and shaping the future of the humanities and social sciences. The fundamental objective of MMUF is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students and others committed to diversity in higher education who will pursue PhDs in Mellon-approved fields in the arts and humanistic social sciences.

"MMUF aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction." 

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African American Studies Doctoral Program

Applications Are Now Closed

The African American Studies (AAS) Ph.D. Program—the first program of its kind in the U.S. Southeast—provides rigorous training and preparation for Ph.D. students interested in careers within and outside of academe. The program seeks to enroll 4-5 exceptional Ph.D. students each year. The first AAS Ph.D. cohort started classes in the Fall of 2023.

For more information, visit the Graduate Studies page. 

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Apply Here for Imagining Democracy Course Fall 2024

"The freedom to dream"

The Imagining Democracy Lab (IDL) is a multidisciplinary effort to link imagination, knowledge, and action to advance civic and political engagement. Led by Prof. Carol Anderson (African American Studies) and Prof. Bernard Fraga (Political Science), IDL is a research ecosystem combining academic and public scholarship with social justice activism, fostering direct connections to community organizations and the public.

Enrollment in AAS 385/POLS 394 for Fall 2024 is required to participate in the IDL fellowship. Click the button below to submit your application.


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