African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Courtesy of artist Trenton Doyle Hancock and James Cohan, New York/Photo: Will Michels

Dr. Daina Berry's New York Times Article on Nat Turner’s Skull...

Professor Daina Berry shares her thoughts on the trading of slave remains

Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Hakeem Adewumi | Photo By Joshua Gonzalez

AADS Alum Hakeem Adewumi is featured in a KLRU documentary

Hakeem speaks about his work and his story within the African Diaspora

Fri, Oct 7, 2016

Ariana Brown performing at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam semifinals at UT-Austin

Former AADS Student Ariana Brown Inspires Young Writers of Color

Through her words, Ariana ignites action in the works of others

Fri, Oct 7, 2016

Photo Courtesy of Gonzaga Athletics

AADS graduate Nneka Enemkpali proves AADS can take you anywhere!

Former AADS Student and UT-Austin basketball star Nneka Enemkpali joins the Gonzaga Women's Basketball staff

Fri, Oct 7, 2016

Photo By Joshua Gonzalez

Black students lie in front of UT-Austin tower in protest

The Daily Texan reports on the peaceful protest initiated by the Black Student Alliance

Fri, Oct 7, 2016

Courtesy of The Economist Magazine

Slavery's Legacies

Dr. Marcelo Paixão sits down with The Economist magazine

Mon, Oct 3, 2016

Angela Davis

The Black Matters Conference Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Social justice activist Angela Davis will deliver the closing keynote

Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Go ahead and apply; you know you want to!

Want to Study Abroad in Nicaragua?

Drs. Gordon, Hale, and Hooker have you covered!

Fri, Sep 23, 2016


Cultural Appropriation is Everywhere. But is it Always Wrong?

Dr. Cherise Smith's op-ed shares her views on the subject.

Wed, Sep 21, 2016

Go ahead and apply; you know you want to!

Want to Study Abroad in Ghana?

Dr. Omi Jones has you covered!

Fri, Sep 16, 2016

UT-Austin, Huston-Tillotson, and Texas State students serving as facilitators for ICUSP student programs.

The Institute for Community, University, and School Partnerships

Dr. Foster Serves the Austin Community and Beyond!

Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Check in, connect, and recharge.

Mental Health Resources for Fall 2016

Self-Care Should Always Be A Priority

Mon, Sep 12, 2016

A promotional poster for a women's history edit-a-thon at Harvard University

Linking In: How Historians Are Fighting Wikipedia's Biases

Dr. Daina Berry weighs in

Thu, Sep 1, 2016

Photo taken by AADS

The Gun-Control Movement Gains a Few Hard Inches at UT-Austin

Student Activism On Campus

Mon, Aug 29, 2016


Our Issues, Our Struggles

AADS Grad Student Daniela Gomes shares her insight on the fight to end anti-Black racism

Mon, Aug 8, 2016

A Brazilian military police officer patrols after entering the unpacified Complexo da Mare, one of the largest favela complexes in Rio de Janeiro, on March 30, 2014.

Brutal Crackdowns, Hidden Poverty: How Preparations for the Rio Olympics Hurt Afro-Brazilians

Written by AADS Grad Student Daniela Gomes

Wed, Aug 3, 2016


Historian and AADS Professor, Daina Berry, sits down with The Alcalde

Diana Berry talks her involvement in 'Roots'

Fri, Jul 29, 2016

In 2009, Brazil began a process of economic and political deterioration, which in 2015 became a crisis.

Crisis Affects Brazilians of African Descent

By Dr. Marcelo Paixão for UN Periodico of National Columbia University

Mon, Jul 18, 2016

David Clarke Jr.

Who is David Clarke Jr.? And why are so many Republicans excited about this Democrat?

Associate Professor Dr. Juliet Hooker's research may help us find out.

Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Houston spoken word artist Willy Showtime performs at a memorial for Sandra Bland on the anniversary of her arrest in Prairie View, Texas. Photo: Patrick Michels

Would Jesus Say Black Lives Matter?

Dr. Christen Smith discusses the misrepresentation of the Black Lives Matter movement

Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile of St. Paul, cries outside the governor's residence in St. Paul, Minn. Photo: Jim Mone

Slow death: is the trauma of police violence killing black women?

AADS Professor, Dr. Christen Smith offers her viewpoints on the subject

Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Demonstrators at a rally in front of the Governor's Residence, in St. Paul, Minn., July 7, 2016.  (Angela Jimenez/The New York Times)

Change Police Training Tactics To Stop Shootings of Black Men

Dr. Kevin Cokley suggests method to invoke change

Thu, Jul 7, 2016

Photo Courtesy: Bill Feig, The Advocate

Can Viewing Violence Impact Society?

AADS Professor, Dr. Foster, weighs in on the discussion for KVUE News

Wed, Jul 6, 2016

Photo by Allison Shelley for The Texas Tribune

For UT Students, Fisher Ruling Marks End of Era

Former AADS Student, Loyce Gayo, Offers Insight

Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Photo Courtesy of KUT News

Austin's Black Population is Growing Again

Dr. Tang's research noted in article surrounding City Demographer's predictions

Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Syrian refugee Dania poses for a portrait at the Sacramento, California apartment complex she lives in, November 16, 2015.

Commentary: For refugees, awkward truths about U.S. asylum

Dr. Tang shares insight on the wake of World Refugee Day

Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Juneteenth Flag

Juneteenth Reveals Austin's Shrinking African-American Population

Professor Eric Tang weighs in on the topic for KEYETV

Fri, Jun 17, 2016

Photo provided by A&E Networks

History in 'Roots': UT Professor Helps Reimagine a Television Classic

AADS Professor Dr. Daina Berry is a historical consultant for A&E HISTORY's re-imagining of the seminal miniseries Roots

Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Bobby Brown Has No Business Discussing Whitney Houston's Sexuality

Dr. Tinsley Shares Her View With TIME Magazine

Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Browne argues that awareness of being under constant surveillance is an enduring condition of Black life.

Associate Professor Dr. Simone Browne's Interview in The Public Eye Magazine

Tracking Blackness: A Q&A With Dark Matters Author Simone Browne

Tue, Jun 7, 2016

Lantern law required any slave older than 14 to carry “A Lanthorn and lighted Candle in it…as the light thereof may be plainly seen.”

Associate Professor Dr. Simone Browne's Research on Lantern Laws Featured in Fusion

New York City has been shining surveillance lights on its black population for the last 300 years

Thu, May 19, 2016

From the Transatlantic Slave Trade to Contemporary Surveillance Technologies

From the Transatlantic Slave Trade to Contemporary Surveillance Technologies

Dr. Simone Browne shares the emergence of surveillance technologies her new book Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Thu, Mar 3, 2016

Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Is Activism for African Americans, Women and LGBTQ People

Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Is Activism for African Americans, Women and LGBTQ People

Dr. Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley, featured in Tme Magazine

Mon, Feb 15, 2016


Beyonce as a Bollywood Star Is Not Cultural Appropriation

Dr. Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley, featured in TIME Magazine

Mon, Feb 15, 2016

Scalia’s ‘Mismatch Theory’ a Foe to Diversity, Inclusion

Scalia’s ‘Mismatch Theory’ a Foe to Diversity, Inclusion

Dr. Richard Reddick Responds to Scalia's racist suggestion that "mismatch" theory has merit and Black students are better suited at "lesser" schools.

Thu, Dec 10, 2015

AADS-Giving is on November 19th at 6:30p.

AADS-Giving Feast: Join us for a Thanksgiving potluck with the Black Studies Community.

Join us for a Thanksgiving potluck with the Black Studies Community.

Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edward, Keynote Speaker: Telling Identity Stories: Race, Class and Psychology

Global Inequality Research Institute Capstone Conference

Mon, Nov 16, 2015

Dr. Kevin Cokley Discusses Mental Health Issues Facing Minorities

Dr. Kevin Cokley Discusses Mental Health Issues Facing Minorities

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on print More Sharing Services 8 Students, alumni, and mental health professionals gathered to discuss the unique mental health struggles that can affect minority students in a “lunch and learn” session on Saturday afternoon.

Mon, Nov 16, 2015

For rogue police officers, excessive force is not the tool of choice for engaging with people perceived as privileged.

Our Hand-Held Engine of Justice

By Keisha Bentley-Edwards

Thu, Nov 5, 2015

STEW, 2015-16 Visting Performing Artist

Visiting Performing Artist: STEW - Nov 9-13, 2015

Singer, songwriter for cabaret, theater, film, and television, Stew is the writer, co-composer, and lyricist for the musical Passing Strange, winner of the 2008 Tony Award (Best Book), a two-time 2007 Obie (Best New Theater Piece and Best Ensemble), and Spike Lee’s film Passing Strange.

Wed, Nov 4, 2015