African American Studies

University of California, Berkeley


The Department of African American Studies is an intellectual community committed to producing, refining and advancing knowledge of Black people in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Africa. A key component of the mission is to interrogate the meanings and dimensions of slavery and colonialism, and their continuing political, social and cultural implications.

The Department fully embraces the notion that a public institution can lead in shaping and defining disciplines, not just teaching them. It contributes to this mission by investing in a strong faculty and talented and ambitious graduate students from a variety of backgrounds. Faculty is drawn from disciplines as diverse as anthropology, cultural studies, linguistics, literature, history, sociology, performance, and education. But the department is not simply a collection of experts from traditional disciplines; it is united by a relentless commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge through excellence in scholarship and pedagogy that are at once interdisciplinary and innovative.

Undergraduate Programs

African American Studies: BA, Minor

African American Studies, Race and Law Minor 

Graduate Program

African American Studies: PhD

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African American Studies

Contact Information

Department of African American Studies

660 Social Sciences Building

Phone: 510-642-7084

Fax: 510-642-0318

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Department Chair

Ula Taylor

660 Social Science Building

Phone: 510-642-7084

Graduate Adviser

Lindsey Villarreal

664A Social Sciences Building

Phone: 510-642-3419

Undergraduate Adviser

Eric Cheatham

608 Social Sciences Building

Phone: 510-642-8513

Department Manager

Sandra Richmond

662 Social Science Building

Phone: 510-642-7084

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