Africana studies at the University of Notre Dame centers on Africans and the African Diaspora—the global dispersion of peoples of African descent—and examines their historical, sociological, political, and economic contexts around the world. Our teaching and research covers a wide range of topics including civil rights issues, justice, liberties, social rights, the dignity of the human person, and the Catholic Social Tradition.

Students And Community Member On St 

In an effort to engage all members of our community—faculty, staff, students, and local citizens—in these important conversations, the department hosts and co-sponsors a wide array of events, from lectures and reading groups to panel discussions and arts events.

We invite you to explore our upcoming events and read the latest news about our faculty and students.


Book Club - From Slave Cabins to the White House


Via Zoom

Koritha Mitchell analyzes canonical texts by and about African American women to lay bare the hostility these women face as they invest in traditional domesticity. Instead of the respectability and safety granted white homemakers, black women endure pejorative labels, racist governmental policies, attacks on their citizenship, and aggression meant to keep them in "their place."

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Catholic Mass in Swahili


Siegfried Hall Chapel

Please join us as we celebrate Christ with a mass and liturgy in Swahili.  A gathering for refreshments will follow the service. All are welcome, and guidance in both English and Swahili will be provided.

Officiant: Father Frank Murphy

For more information or if you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Eva Hoeckner (ehoeckn2@nd.edu

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Exploration Kickoff Fair


Dahnke Ballroom (7th Floor of Duncan)

With faculty, staff, and students from all corners of campus in one room, the fair is designed to help you explore a wide variety of academic possibilities, compare majors and minors, create connections with centers and research teams, and discern the next step in your journey.

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Tanzanian Movies, Swahili Films


Bond Hall 334

Tanzania's emerging film industry is known for its low budget and short production schedules, informally being referred to as  "Bongowood" and "Swahiliwood". But the Tanzanians are working hard to change that, and with help from the Tanzanian government and non-profit organizations, the Tanzanian film industry is making efforts to improve production with high-tech cameras, better production facilities and developing filmmaking skills.…

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Pinderhughes is Recipient of 2021 President's Award

The University of Notre Dame is proud to present the 2021 President’s Award to Dianne Pinderhughes. The President’s Award recognizes a member of the faculty and/or the administration for distinguished service to the University over an extended period of time. An outstanding ambassador for Notre Dame and its academic community, Dianne Pinderhughes is a political scientist who studies inequality, American civil society institutions, and voting rights policy. She has served as president of the American Political Science Association and vice president of the International Political Science Association, among many other professional appointments. Her dedication to her students and colleagues is evident not only in her leadership of the Department of Africana Studies, which she has chaired for the past six years, but also her abiding commitment to speaking with campus groups about race relations, diversity, and inclusion. Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2019, she is an exceptional mentor for junior faculty, particularly

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Faculty milestones, promotions, and awards mark the end of 2020–21 academic year

On Tuesday (May 25), Marie Lynn Miranda, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at the University of Notre Dame, announced the winners of several annual awards as part of a broader recognition of all those Notre Dame faculty members who have achieved career milestones this spring.

Faculty Milestones and Promotions

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2021 Senior Thesis Projects

Recently, four graduates of Africana Studies, Rae'Vonne Barnes, Tonaysia Price, Malik Tropez, and Tia Wilson have completed a diverse array of senior thesis projects for 2021, all the while, earning internships for the year 2021. They have worked so hard on these projects for the last year of 2020-2021. The Department of Africana Studies is honored and proud to recognize these seniors and their dedication to the Africana Studies' field. …

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