Studying the African Diaspora
and its significance in our world.
Who We Are
The GW Africana Studies Program uses a global, cross-disciplinary approach to examine the historical, cultural, economic and political legacies of the largest forced migration in human history: the Atlantic slave trade. Through major and minor programs, undergraduate students study how this massive upheaval of African populations altered civilizations, transformed the globe and changed the course of modern history.
The program is committed to expanding research paradigms that have traditionally placed the West at the center of knowledge production and cultural analysis. From the Caribbean to the Middle East, our broad geographical scope prepares students for the challenges of an increasingly interconnected world.
The word “Africana” is used to describe the cross-pollination of several fields that have often been treated as separate academic endeavors: African American, African, Latino and Caribbean studies. Scholars examine race, ethnicity, culture and political and social structures of diasporic communities, from the United States to Africa itself.