Located in the historic Churchill House on the campus of Brown University, the Department of Africana Studies is the intellectual center for faculty and students interested in the artistic, historical, literary, and theoretical expressions of the various cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Central to the intellectual work of the department is the close collaboration of artists and scholars in examining relationships between academic and artistic knowledge about the world and human experience.
The Department offers a rigorous undergraduate program and graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in Africana Studies and has one of the leading faculties in the discipline. Members of the faculty have received many prestigious honors and awards for their innovative scholarship and contributions to the academy and public life, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Gish Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the Man Booker International Prize. The faculty in Africana Studies is at the forefront in advancing the discipline by researching and teaching new and innovative knowledge produced by the critical study of the intersections of class, gender, nation, race, and sexuality informed by multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives.
The Department’s unique forum for arts and ideas, Rites and Reason Theatre, brings together artists and scholars to collaborate in communicating new and innovative thought forms and creative expressions. Since 1970 Rites and Reason has developed and produced over 100 plays and a wide range of artistic projects that have uniquely explored the breadth and depth of the histories, experiences, and ideas of the cultures of Africa and the African diaspora as well as other cultures from around the world.
With the dynamic growth and evolution of the discipline, the Brown University Department of Africana Studies will remain at the forefront in creating new knowledge through the critical and comprehensive study of the peoples and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Rooks, NoliweChair of Africana Studies
Biggs, Lisa LJohn Atwater and Diana Nelson Assistant Professor of the Arts and Africana Studies
Blain, Keisha N.Professor of Africana Studies
Bogues, Barrymore AAsa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Professor of Africana Studies
Braun, LundyProfessor of Africana Studies
Gallon, KimAssociate Professor of Africana Studies
Guterl, MatthewL. Herbert Ballou University Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies
Hamlin, Francoise NRoyce Family Associate Professor of Teaching Excellence in Africana Studies and History, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History
Harding, Warren RandyResearch Associate in Africana Studies
Henry, PagetProfessor of Africana Studies and Sociology
LeSure, AinsleyAssistant Professor of Africana Studies
Meeks, Brian W EProfessor of Africana Studies
Rooks, NoliweL. Herbert Ballou University Professor of Africana Studies
Rose, TriciaChancellor's Professor of Africana Studies
Terry-Morgan, ElmoAssociate Professor of Africana Studies and Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Wideman, John EdgarAsa Messer Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies and Literary Arts