Donald Martin Carter's works include Navigating The African Diaspora: The Anthropology of Invisibility.
As an Africana studies major you will explore the field’s central questions and debates in a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural department.
About the Major
As an Africana studies student you may get a chance to spend a summer doing research with a professor or earn a fellowship to pursue your own academic work abroad for a year after graduation.
The open curriculum was huge for me because I knew that I wanted to be able to be free to take a variety of courses, and I didn’t want to be wasting time with requirements that I really didn’t have any interest in going further with.
Henry Johnstone ’17 — Africana studies major
Students focus on five geographic areas – Africa, the Caribbean, the U.S., Latin America and Europe – and the links between them, taking cross-listed courses in anthropology, classics, English, government, history and other disciplines. Africana studies faculty and students come from a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, bringing to the classroom a diversity of experiences, perspectives and disciplinary strengths.
The department began in the mid-1980s in response to students who pressed for a space within the academy to explore issues of race and the lives of people of Africa and the African diaspora.
Careers After Hamilton
- Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps
- Financial Analyst, Lazard Capital Markets
- Architectural Designer, Coyle & Associates
- Foreign Services Officer, U.S. Department of State
- Program Coordinator, Posse Foundation
- Editorial Assistant, EPIX
- Teacher, Bronx Academy of Letters
Introduction to Africana Studies 101
Examines the nature, methods and development of black/Africana studies. A comparative and interdisciplinary introduction to the study of African and diaspora cultures and history. Emphasis will be on an exploration of some of the key texts and issues.View All Courses
Principles of Geoscience: Geology and Human Events in North Africa and the Middle East 103
An interdisciplinary study exploring the influence of environment, water resources, climate change and bedrock geology of North Africa and the Middle East on prehistory, history, international relations and prospects for the future. Special emphasis on developing GIS skills.View All Courses
Understanding Caribbean Carnival 140S
Introduces the Carnival tradition in the Caribbean, examining the rise of Carnival from its slavery and post-emancipation roots; the political and historical dynamic associated with Carnival customs; the complex cultural expressions forged by Carnival’s unique mix of folklore and religion including vodun, dance and dress styles, satire and musical forms like reggae and calypso; the interrelations between the economic and cultural products created by Caribbean peoples, and the spread, content and impact of modern Carnival to large North American cities.View All Courses
History of Jazz to the 1950s 160
A study of jazz from its origins (its African heritage, blues and ragtime) to 1950. A survey of jazz styles, including New Orleans and Chicago styles, boogie-woogie, swing, bebop and cool jazz.View All Courses
Diversity Reconsidered 201S
An examination of the emergence of Africana Studies as a transdisciplinary field of social and cultural critique and politics. Explores the work of foundational (e.g., W.E.B Dubois and Anna Julia Cooper) and contemporary figures. Topics include but are not limited to the history of Africana thought, race and global racial formation, resistance and politics, intersectionality, gender and sexuality, representation, white privilege, belonging, Blackness, and diaspora. Writing-intensive.View All Courses
Black Popular Culture 303S
Examines black popular culture of the African diaspora through an exploration of a series of representations, cultural practices and folk traditions. Participants will interrogate the "black experience" and its legacy in aspects of consumer culture, film, music (jazz, hip hop, blues), television, social class and gender. Considers the methodological and theoretical implications of these approaches for both anthropological inquiry and Africana studies. Writing-intensive.View All Courses
Fellowships and Scholarships
Adrian Summers ’19 Awarded Newman Civic Fellowship