Open Position in AAAS


The Department of African and African American Studies is seeking a Lecturer in African Literary and Cultural Studies for the 2023-2024 academic year.  The deadline to apply is Friday,  September 30, 2022.

For more information, qualifications, requirements, and application instructions, visit the posting's direct link at Harvard's ARIeS portal:.






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AAAS Faculty Playlist Recommendations

Black music has always advanced the struggle for Black liberation, through its mobilization of radical imagination, trenchant critique, affective intensity, and sonic fullness. Here are some musical selections from across the last century curated by our faculty, offering a vital soundscape for this summer of protest.

Link to AAAS Faculty Playlist Recommendations

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AAAAS Faculty Reading Recommendations

In light of the killing of George Floyd and the protests his death has engendered, several AAAS faculty members have recommended a few works that they believe might help others understand and respond appropriately to our complex political moment, particularly with respect to racism, police violence, political resistance, and state repression of dissent.

Link to the AAAS Faculty Reading Recommendations

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The Death of George Floyd

FAS Dean Claudine Gay posts letter re the death of George Floyd

Link to the letter

Dean Bobo

Dean Lawrence D. Bobo posts a statement re the death of George Floyd

Link to the letter

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Department Chair Tommie Shelby posts a letter to the AAAS Faculty, Staff, and Students

Link to Chair Letter to AAAS Community

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Harvard University Centers Condemn Recent Police Violence in the United States

Link to the press release

50 Years of African & African American Studies at Harvard

AAAS 50 Poster

AAAS commemorated its 50th Anniversary with a 2-day symposium on February 28-29, 2020.

For more infor visit the AAAS50th web page to see photos and videos from the event.

Link to the AAAS 50th Page

African and African American Studies Visual Retrospective


In honor of the 50 years of African & African American Studies at Harvard University, two of our graduate students, Amy Alemu and Robin McDowell, have created a visual retrospective to celebrate the department's history. 

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