"We are embarking on an agenda to highlight and sustain the centrality of the arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies and its broader intellectual community. Look for programs with the Artist-in-Residence and our Black Arts Dialogues, and courses with our International Scholar-In-Residence and Postdoctoral Fellow emphasizing music, creative writing and visual arts. This is an exciting time of growth and opportunity for our department."

−Kellie Jones, Chair-African American & African Diaspora Studies

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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

Text on a multicolored background: Forging Diaspora:  Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow

Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow

Frank Guridy
A profile view of the author, wearing glasses and a clerical collar, next to the book title, "The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Racial Reflections on the Bible, the Church, and the Body Politic

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

Obery M. Hendricks
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Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums

Mabel O. Wilson
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Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

Josef Sorett