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. 

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.

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.

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.