African Diaspora and Transnational Connections
The study of the African American experience is organically related to studies of the wider African Diaspora and Global Africa, of which the past and present trajectories of Black Americans are an integral part. Over the years, some of the department’s faculty and postdoctoral fellows have undertaken various projects that examine the navigation of diasporic landscapes of ethno-racial difference, social inequality, and struggles for the dignity of full humanity. Our research has focused on topics such as: Black teachers of English-as-a-Foreign-Language in South Korea, Black women’s antiracist activism and networks of diasporic solidarity in different parts of the Americas, campaigns to secure self-determining land rights and sustainable agricultural development in Brazil, the history and legacy of the Garvey movement narrated from the vantage point of organizers from the U.S. Midwest, and the transnational flow of hip-hop in popular music spheres in Cuba and Brazil.
Faculty working in African Diaspora and Transnational Connections
- LAS Dean Patton, Dr. Bailey, Dr. Harrison, and Spurlock staff Host Smithsonian Head Dr. Lonnie Bunch III During UIUC VisitRonald W. Bailey of the Department of African American Studies and Antoinette Burton of The Humanities Institute nominated Dr. Lonnie Bunch III to receive an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from...
- Dr. Bailey sent a message to congratulate graduating students and recognize professors' accomplishments. Read his letter here.
- Dr. Desiree McMillion has been selected as one of the winners of the Ebony Excellence Award at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The Ebony Excellence Award Ceremony is a night...