The Center for Africana Studies at the Kreiger School of Arts and Sciences

Cluster leads: Prof Minkah Makalani (History and Director of the Center for Africana Studies) and Prof. Vesla Weaver (Political Science).

 African diasporic life and politics represents a crucial new area of study in the Krieger School. While hiring in this area has been robust, and a new director for the Center for Africana Studies (CAS), has just been hired, this Center must continue to grow: a cluster of new faculty, each from different departments, across divisions, would bring together scholars whose expertise in Africa, the U.S., Caribbean, and Europe broaden our general understanding of black intellectual life, social movements, and politics generally. Such a cluster hire will also help to ensure that faculty at JHU make black culture a national site of scholarly inquiry into race, democracy, and freedom.