Our interdisciplinary program in African and African-American studies integrates the social sciences and humanities.
Careers & Outcomes
AAS students pursue graduate studies and professional careers at prestigious institutions and organizations.
We partner with numerous other institutes, departments, and centers from across the University.
FDI Speaker Series
"Stealing the Future: Black Childhood and the Ecological Imagination"
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Humanities Center, Conference Room D
Samira Abdur-Rahman, University of San Francisco will present “Stealing the Future: Black Childhood and the Ecological Imagination”.
Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.Learn More
FDI Film Series
Join us for "Free Entry Wednesdays"
The film series has been curated by postdoctoral fellows Zebulon Dingley and Grace Gipson and is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies.Learn More
Marius "Mimi" Kothor, PhD Candidate—Yale University
Mimi (pictured) is an alumna ('13) of the University of Rochester, where she received her degree in African and African American Studies. We are proud to share that she was featured in the New York Times for her Opinion Piece: Trump Is Trying to Kill the Program That Saved My Life. When you have a moment, check it out!
Way to Go, Mimi!
From the Director
Director for the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies
The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies (FDI) brings together scholars working in the humanities and social sciences in the area of Africa and the African diasporas. Its mission is to further undergraduate and graduate education, faculty research, and intellectual exchange within the University community. The undergraduate major and minor in African and African-American studies benefits from the interdisciplinary nature of our curriculum, a reflection of the diversity and vibrancy of our associates.Read More
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