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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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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

this book jacket features a bright yellow and pink background with the words "Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and the Creation of Fusion" written in a white band

Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and the Creation of Fusion

Kevin Fellezs
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Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood Among Black Women

Mignon R. Moore
The words "The Practice of Diaspora:  Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism" overlay an image of silhouetted figures in a cityscape

The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism

Brent Hayes Edwards
A series of old, corbeled archways rendered in one-point perspective, with the words "Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route"

Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

Saidiya V. Hartman