About AAAS

 

Welcome to the Program in African American and Africana Studies (AAAS). AAAS scholars study African people and people of African descent around the globe, from Kentucky to Kenya. We teach and discover the history, culture, politics, and conditions of black people across space and time. 

AAAS at UK began with a single Anthropology course on African Societies in 1968. In 1969, the Black Student Union began a successful years-long campaign for more courses in Black Studies. Over time, we grew into the African American Research and Studies Program, founded by Professor of Sociology Emerita Doris Wilkerson, and now we are the Program in African American and Africana Studies, housed within the College of Arts and Sciences. 

We offer an undergraduate minor that can be combined with any degree across the University of Kentucky. We are also excited to be developing a major program of study, so that students will be able to earn a B.A. in AAAS in the near future. Our students open a world of possibility when they take our courses; our graduates work in government, business, nonprofits, the arts, law, and medicine. In today’s rapidly diversifying, global economy, a background in AAAS gives students an edge in understanding cultural and structural forces across the globe. 

Our sixteen affiliated faculty are world-class scholars in their disciplines. Their teaching has been recognized with numerous accolades and they have earned research funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and others. 

Finally, we hold a number of events on campus and partner with departments across the University. We have organized an annual Black Women’s Conference since 1995, with each year’s focus changing to explore a different theme faced by black women in the past and present. We encourage you to like our Facebook Page to keep up with the rich programming we offer. 

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you at an AAAS event or class soon. 

Sincerely,
Anastasia Curwood

Director, African American and Africana Studies
Associate Professor of History

African American and Africana Studies Administration & Staff:
Dr. Anastasia Curwood,Director, a.curwood@uky.edu
Michelle Del Toro, Department Manager, 257-2284, aaas@uky.edu or michelle.deltoro@uky.edu


 

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