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.

Blog Feed

2021 Conseula Francis Lecture Recording!
Posted on 3 March 2021 | 9:30 am
Did you miss the African American Studies Program 2021Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lecture: a conversation with Dr. Danielle Fuentes Morgan? Don’t worry you can watch it here!
Read More
CSSC Faculty Studying Slavery: Kameelah Martin
Posted on 25 January 2021 | 1:36 pm
Our very own Director Kameelah Martin was featured on the CofC’s Blog! Click the link to read the post “CSSC Faculty Studying Slavery: Kameelah Martin.” It is one of a series that documents work studying slavery by faculty members of the CSSC.  
Read More
Spring 2021 Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lecture
Posted on 22 January 2021 | 1:56 pm
Mark your calendars now! The African American Studies Program presents the 2021Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lecture: a conversation with Dr. Danielle Fuentes Morgan about her book, Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century (2020). Wednesday, February 24th at 4:30pm Register at:
Read More

More News