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Welcome to AAADS

The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) is a multidisciplinary department of the College of Arts and Sciences. We offer a BA, MA, and PhD, as well as joint degrees and minors. AAADS strives to create and share scholarship of the highest quality dealing with the African American and African diasporic experience. Our faculty and students study the historical and contemporary connections among Africans, African Americans, and other New World black communities. We also affirm the democratic tradition of equal opportunity for all by combating all forms of discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, and religious differences.




We are delighted that you are interested in the Department of African and African American Diaspora Studies program at Indiana University.   

You are invited to apply!


An excellent faculty.

A wonderfully enriching and stimulating intellectual environment.

A provocative and enlightening opportunity for conversations across disciplines.

An opportunity to reflect on black historical, contemporary and cultural questions.

A supportive environment.

A chance to examine linkages between principles and practice.



“The graduate program in the AAADS Department is a powerful, supportive space in which academic excellence, professionalism, creativity and community are of the utmost importance.”

                                                                        Monica Black, M. A. student


“You will benefit tremendously from the caring professors and well-structured courses.”

                                                                         Nana Abena Amoah, Ph.D. student




To explore more great reasons why you should flourish at IU, please tour our Web site fully, or contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Valerie Grim, at

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