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Learn About Africana's PhD Program

Africana at Cornell is approaching fifty years of existence. Our history and faculty expertise make us a significant resource for students who want to engage in the interdisciplinary study of Black people in Africa, the diaspora and around the globe. There are few programs that match our strengths in:

  • Black political, cultural, philosophical and artistic thought and practice
  • Global studies in black popular and mass culture 
  • Race in relation to the study of gender and sexuality

While we have expertise in the study of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the US, we support the study of black people everywhere in the world. 

Africana Studies offers a Ph.D. program with full funding, which includes paid tuition, health insurance and a stipend. Learn more.


This Center became the birthplace of the field of Africana Studies and established 'Africana' as a concept, an area of research, and a commitment.

— Professor Gerard Aching, Director of Graduate Study

Featured Student Profiles

Explore the links below to learn more about our Africana Studies students and the impact that ASRC has made on them during their time at Cornell: