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The mission of the Department of African American Studies

is to cultivate a critical understanding of the forms of knowledge and culture that African-descended peoples in the Americas have produced, as well as of the sociopolitical, cultural, and economic conditions under which they have done this work. The Department envisions a vibrant community of inquirers and interlocutors organized around the study of African American life at Penn State, and is keen to play its part in creating and maintaining that community.


Featured Student of the Month:

Michael Banerjee

Hello all!  My name is Michael Banerjee and I am a sophomore from Plymouth Meeting, PA, majoring in Criminology and minoring in African American Studies.  My ultimate goal is to become a civil rights attorney, protecting the rights of underrepresented peoples through the courts, and striving to procure equality for all.  I have always wanted to serve and improve my community, and I see the law as the most efficacious means by which to achieve this end.

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