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In Africana studies, you’ll have the chance to explore the centrality of Africa and the African Diaspora to the modern world and previous eras in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, international relations, cultural studies, music and the visual arts.

Featured Course: ASRC 4800 Black Queer Studies

Assistant Professor C. Riley Snorton will teach Black Queer Studies during the fall 2016 semester. This course traces the genealogies and animating debates in black queer studies. Attentive to the relationship between black feminist criticism and black queer theory, this class proceeds with an understanding of gender and sexuality as intrinsic to the study of blackness in global contexts. 

To read the full course description, click here.

Faculty Spotlight: Kevin Gaines

Kevin Gaines, the W.E.B. DuBois Professor of Africana Studies, joined ASRC in the summer of 2015. Kevin shared some his favorite books, activities and what drew him to Cornell. Click here for his full academic profile.

Current research project: 
St. Clair Drake and the intellectual history of Africana studies

Last book read:    
"Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African-American Public Opinion" by Melanye Price

In your own time/when not working:  
Listening to/playing music

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:   
Post-Reconstruction African-American intellectual and social thought; the intersection of African-American literature and social science; the music of the Civil Rights/Black Power era

What most excites you about Cornell:   
Teaching graduate students; the vibrant intellectual community in my fields of interest.