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"Columbia University's African American and African Diaspora Studies Department is uniquely positioned to pursue a research program on the cutting edge of scholarly and policy debates."

−Farah Jasmine Griffin, Chair, African American and African Diaspora Studies Department 

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VIDEOS

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Mabel Wilson on Architecture and Race

Professor Wilson speaks about how she views architecture through the prism of race and race relations in the United States.

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African American and African Diaspora Studies Department

This video explores the history of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia and the significance of becoming a department.

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Frank Guridy on New York City and Black Culture

Professor Frank Guridy explains the significance of Columbia being on the border of Harlem and the location's influence on his work on black history.

Selected Publications

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Infectious Fear: politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation

Samuel K. Roberts
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Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends

Farah Jasmine Griffin
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The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church and the Body Politic

Obery M. Hendricks
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Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood Among Black Women

Mignon R. Moore