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African and African Diaspora Studies Department

African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) majors join world-class UT faculty, staff and students in conversations about race, gender, sexuality, class, and the concept of global Blackness. Students will study diverse topics such as anthropology; diaspora theory (particularly in Central and South America); education; Black feminism and women’s studies; health; identity; law, policy and government; art, literature, music and performance theory; queer theory; social justice and engaged scholarship; and sports. 

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African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Pride Points: 

  • AADS was the first Black Studies program to grant PhDs in the southern U.S.
  • Committed to interdisciplinary scholarship and creative production that explores questions of social justice for Black people around the globe.
  • Established in 2010, the Department promotes scholarship, cultural creativity, and teaching strategy rests on the premised on the idea that classrooms are powerful sites for social change.
  • Dr. Edmund T. Gordon, an activist scholar, Pro Bene Meritus awardee, and esteemed faculty member, is the Founding Department Chair.
  • In 2014, the first Black Studies program to grant PhDs in the southern U.S.
  • In 2017, Dr. drea brown was AADS’ first doctoral graduate. 
  • The AADS major can be applied to any future career and academic plans, and is designed such that students can incorporate an AADS major into other career interests while at UT.
  • Has the largest faculty cohort of any US black studies program: 28 core and jointly appointed faculty members, and 28 affiliated faculty members.
  • Supports the activist academic careers of its faculty members.
  • Has a robust study abroad and domestic program: Ghana, Nicaragua, Brazil, L.A., and New York.
  • Over 30 courses offered each academic year.


African and African Diaspora Studies