University of Notre Dame

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Africana Studies

Welcome From the Chair...


Welcome! The Department of Africana Studies is a department of individuals passionate about the study and research related to Africa, the African Diaspora, and the African American experience. We believe that the study of the peoples, cultures, and histories related to the discipline are integral to understanding our country and the world we live in more fully. Our department is eager to engage undergraduates in our dynamic classes, research, and student-faculty relationships and are ready to work with the interests and passions that students bring with them as they explore our major or minor.

Building on the legacy of the former African and African American Studies Programs at Notre Dame, the department is poised to grow and expand our offerings and services to students. The department emphasizes a cross-regional and cross-cultural perspective and a comparative analysis of and between different Diasporan groups and the national and global contexts they inhabit.

We specialize in one-on-one guidance, a wide array of cross-disciplinary classes, and tailoring the major/minor to each student's particular interests and needs.  We are proud of the fact that two of our recent graduates have gone on to become Rhodes Scholars.

Take some time to discover the people and projects associated with the department. We invite you to explore our faculty profiles, the variety of activities in which we research and engage, and the programs we offer to the larger campus community. Finally, we encourage you to join us in our commitment to the scholastic development of Africana Studies and to the communities that we serve.

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes

Chair, Department of Africana Studies

Professor, Africana Studies and Political Science


Contact Information:


327 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-0397

Fax: (574) 631-3587