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

San Francisco Domestic Study Program

Want to spend Spring 2017 in San Francisco studying gentrification and Black out-migration through ethnographic methodologies? Students will travel around the city working in activist and artistic organizations, conducting oral histories, and learning how cities make development decisions with Dr. Omi Jones. 


Application Deadline: Extended to October 19, 2016!

Program Begins: January 18, 2017

Program Ends: May 16, 2017

Application Requirements and Program Details for Spring 2017:

First, email Dr. Jones to hold your spot on the trip at

She will then give you application instructions (including the ones below):

  1. Students must be nominated by University of Texas professor in 250-words or less. Professors should email their nominations to Dr. Omi Jones
  2. Students must submit an essay addressing how you imagine the program in San Francisco contributing to your personal and/or career aspirations. Be as specific as possible. (250 Words)
  3. Current resume
  4. Deadline to apply is October 12, 2016

Note: All materials should be submitted to Interviews with Dr. Jones will be scheduled upon receipt of application. For details regarding the 2017 trip, contact Dr. Omi Jones at or Miranda Badgett, the San Francisco Domestic Study Program contact, at

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Ethnographic Methods - Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones 

Flag:  Independent Inquiry

In this course, students will study ethnographic methods including observant participation, interviewing, and oral histories. Archival research will also be conducted. Students will work at specific sites in the Fillmore, Bayview-Hunter’s Point, the Mission, and Oakland.  This course provides students with skills in critical ethnography by foregrounding the racial politics that shape policy-making and community-building.

Performance Ethnography - Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones

Flag: Culture

This course is a companion to Ethnographic Methods.  Students will shape the research gathered in Ethnographic Methods into a public performance.  NO PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! The students will explore ethics, collaboration, accountability, simultaneity, and activist research in devising the performance.  The techniques will include Everyday Life Performance, personal narratives, and dialogic communication.  The performance based on research from the Fillmore District will be presented at SFSU, the African American Art and Culture Complex, and Stanford University. 

All Power to the People: Comparative Freedom Movements of the Sixties, AFR 372F - Dr. Jason Ferreira, SFSU

Hip-Hop and Globalization, AFR 372E - Dr. Dawn-Elissa Fischer, SFSU

2016 Approximate Fees 

University of Texas Program Fees (5 tours,  4 guest lectures, 3 program dinners, 12 performances, 2 museum visits performance supplies)  $1700

San Francisco State Program Fees (health center, student center, library, services for students with disabilities)  $2300

San Francisco State Housing (quad with kitchen and bath plus dining hall meals) $6000

*In addition, students will pay UT tuition, airfare, and local transportation in San Francisco.        


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