African American Studies

African American Studies began as a discipline formally with a student strike at San Francisco State in 1968.  Students demanded that the history and culture of black Americans be included as part of the curriculum and intellectual life on their campus.
The African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston carries on that legacy.  Offering both an interdisciplinary major and minor, the program focuses on the study of African American experiences.  African American Studies aims to provide students an understanding of the history and culture of African Americans; to introduce students to the diversity of African American experiences in a variety of disciplines; to promote the study of African American history and culture in the larger community; and to make African American Studies an integral part of intellectual life at the College of Charleston.

Students with degrees in African American Studies pursue careers in various areas, such as law, politics, medicine, art, teaching, entertainment, and journalism.

aast-job-announcement-vap.jpgThe African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position with a start date of August 16, 2021. The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in African American Studies or a discipline in the humanities or social sciences, but must demonstrate expertise in African American or Black Studies. Research and teaching interests are open; however, preference will be given to the following subfields of theory and Black political thought: critical race theory, Black queer studies, Black feminist thought, the Black radical tradition, post-colonial theory, and African American political thought. The candidate must have a record of effective teaching and an active research agenda. The candidate should be able to teach “Introduction to African American Studies” and upper-level courses in African American Studies. The position carries a 4/4 teaching load; Ph.D. must be conferred by August 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

The College of Charleston is a public, liberal arts and sciences institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students. The African American Studies Program befits its unique location and the history of the Lowcountry region for African descended people. Working with key institutional partnerships, including the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW), and the newly established Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC) as well as 25 affiliated faculty, the program offers a successful major and minor in African American Studies. It is uniquely housed in the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs.

The College is located in historic downtown Charleston in a coastal metropolitan area of 750,000. Additional information about the institution and the surrounding area is available at The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

Applicants should apply online at:

Please submit a cover letter outlining teaching interests and philosophy, a curriculum vita, names and contact information for three academic references, and graduate transcripts. Please also include a short writing sample (20 pages maximum) and two sample syllabi: one for Intro to African American Studies and a second for an upper division course in African American Studies.

Questions about the search can be directed to Anthony D. Greene, Chair of the search committee: or 843-953-1085.

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Student Spotlight
Posted on 18 May 2021 | 1:11 pm
The African American Studies Program would like to congradulate and share with you this year’s recipient of the Afrcian American Studies Rising Scholar Award Janae Dorsey. Janae Dorsey is from a small town called Kingstree, South Carolina. She is a rising junior that is double majoring in Computer Science and African American Studies. She’s an […]
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Spring 2021 Student Awards
Posted on 10 May 2021 | 1:23 pm
We are pleased to announce the Spring 2021 African American Studies Student Awards!
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Posted on 19 April 2021 | 10:54 am
AAST would like to share some exciting news from some of our almuni! Adeyemi (Yemi) Oduwole ’19, finished his MPH program early and will graduate from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai this summer, and he will be entering a post-baccalaureate program at Temple University in the fall so he can apply for […]
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