IU's first doctorate in African American and African Diaspora Studies announced

Friday, April 18, 2014

Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde's dissertation defense was unanimously voted a "pass with distinction" by her research committee.  As the first student to complete the doctoral degree in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University, Abegunde is to be congratulated. "This is truly a milestone for her and the department” said John McCluskey Jr., Chair, African American and African Diaspora Studies. Maria will be graduating in May of 2014.

By the end of this semester, at least one student has successfully completed each of the five graduate programs in AAADS—the M.A.; joint degrees in Library and Information Science, Public Policy (SPEA), and Creative Writing; and now the PhD.