Earn your Ph.D. in AAADS

Our doctoral program is interdisciplinary, focusing on the experiences of people of African descent in the United States, in the African diaspora, and in the world. These shared experiences—among them, slavery, emancipation, imperialism, decolonization, and racism— warrant close attention and mark this field as a discrete unit of study that bears directly and powerfully on history, literature, and politics.

To provide meaningful support and guidance, this degree program offers supportive mentoring, a reflection of our department’s 40-year commitment to quality teaching. Students from the state, the nation, and the world are welcome to apply for admission into the program.