Africana is more than a major - it's a milestone. Africana Studies has a history of shaping students' intellectual discipline, creativity, and social and political awareness. 

Kristen Wright '20


Kristen Wright '20 is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Humanities Scholars Program at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities.

Kanyinsola Obayan '19


Kányinsọ́lá Ọbáyàn '19 has received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at MIT.

Brianna Barrett '18

Brianna Barrett '18

Government & Africana Studies

Morristown, NJ

Who or what influenced your Cornell education the most? How or why?

The Africana studies department has been the key influence of my Cornell education. When I came to Cornell, I intended on being a government and economics major but found myself taking multiple Africana classes by the end of my freshman year. I was fascinated by the material that we studied but also Africana's commitment to fostering and nurturing a community of scholars. In addition to being an Africana studies major, I have worked in the Africana studies administrative office for the past two years and have loved every minute of it.

Read the entire article in Brianna Barrett: 'Stay true to your most authentic self'.


NSA Principal Jody Anne Jones '06

NEWARK, NJ — In a surprise ceremony in front of her students, Jody-Anne Jones '06, principal of North Star Academy Clinton Hill Middle School of Newark, was honored Wednesday with the 2018 Ryan Award for exceptional school leadership, a national award that honors urban principals who are closing the achievement gap.


​Read the entire article in the Newark Patch.

Jaz Nsubuga

As manager of integrated marketing at MTV, Jaz Nsubuga '11 knows that the best way to market a company or product is to understand it inside-out. And, as a history and Africana Studies major, that’s the part of her job she loves the most – the research. 

Click here to read more about Jaz and her journey to MTV.

Alumni: Tell Us Your Story Button

We love hearing from our Africana alumni. Please write to let us know what you’ve been up to - we’d like to share your story on our website for people to read, re-connect, and be inspired.

You can email africana@cornell.edu to tell your story at any time.