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Africana Studies

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Selected Readings in Africana Studies

Aldridge, D. (2010). African American studies. In K. Lomotey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of African American education (pp. 24-29). SAGE Publications.

Aldridge, D. P. (2008). Black/Africana studies in the United States. In C. B. Davies (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, experiences, and culture (Vol. 1, pp. 195-198). ABC-CLIO.

Butler, K. D. (2006). African diaspora. In C. A. Palmer (Ed.), Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 34-37). Macmillan Reference USA. 

Karenga, M. (2005). Black studies. In M. K. Asante & A. Mazama (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Black studies (pp. 148-151). SAGE Reference. 

Mars, P. (2013). African diaspora. In P. L. Mason (Ed.), Encyclopedia of race and racism (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 57-61). Macmillan Reference USA

Ngwainmbi, E. (2006). African American studies programs in North America and the teaching of Africa: Myth, reality, and reconstruction. In M. K. Asante & M. Karenga, Handbook of Black studies (pp. 225-242). SAGE Publications.

Poe, D. Z. (2006). Black studies in the historically Black colleges and universities. In M. K. Asante & M. Karenga, Handbook of Black studies (pp. 204-224). SAGE Publications.

Stewart, J. (2006). Social science and systematic inquiry in Africana studies: Challenges for the 21st century. In M. K. Asante & M. Karenga, Handbook of Black studies (pp. 379-401). SAGE Publications.

Issues to Explore

Africana Studies at John Jay College is a multidisciplinary pursuit across geographic boundaries including a range of academic interests.  Having a particular area and/or issue on which to focus will help to develop your research query and result in finding relevant resources for your assignment.  Below are some suggestions of course related issues you may wish to explore.  Some topics listed below are broad in nature, and therefore, may need to be narrowed.


Law and Justice

African Diaspora in the United States

African Diaspora in the Americas

African Diaspora in the Caribbean

Arts & Culture 

Oral Traditions




Terrorism and Violence

Spoken Word Poetry and Performance     

Caribbean Migrations to the United States    

African-American Experience in America

Caribbean Literature and Culture    


Race and the Urban Community       

Race & Ethnicity in America  

Community-based Approaches to Justice     

Institutional Racism   

Africana Youth and Social Justice Struggles  

Political Economy of Racism  

Race and Science       

Environmental Racism           

Inequality and Wealth

Psychology of Oppression     

Origins of Contemporary Africa    

Drugs and Crime in Africa     

Police and Law in Africa    

Blacks in Latin America    

African Politics    

Psychology of the African-American Experience    

Psychology of the African-American Family    

Masculinities in the United States    

Self, Identity & Justice