ASWAD Elections 2019

ASWAD will be electing five new Board members and new leadership officers this spring. All ASWAD members will receive an individual ballot by email in late April. If you are an ASWAD member and have NOT received your ballot by Monday 29th April, 2019 please email:

FIVE new Board members will be elected from a slate of twenty nominees. In selecting five candidates, in addition to the individual strengths of nominees, voters are asked to keep in the mind the importance of having an ASWAD Board with a wide diversity of experience. (Note that the five members who are leaving the Board this year are: Laura Rosanne Adderley, Leslie Alexander, Erik McDuffie, Antonio Tillis and Elisa Joy White. Further information about the existing membership at the ASWAD board is can be found by clicking on the OFFICERS tab on the right side of the website.) Curriculum viatae and personal statements of all twenty nominees appear below in the right column.

ASWAD will also elect four new officers from among existing Board members. Curriculum viate and personal statements of all candidates for officers positions appear below in the left column.

Officer Candidates


Robert Trent Vinson

CV Statement


Vice President:

Walter Rucker

CV Statement



Laurie R. Lambert

CV Statement



Sonya Maria Johnson

CV Statement


2019 Biennial Conference: Call for Papers

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ASWAD’s 10th Biennial Conference
will be held at the College of William & Mary
from 5-10 November, 2019


Scholars based outside of the United States may be eligible for travel support. Details about this assistance will be provided in notification of acceptance.


On November 5-9, 2019, the College of William & Mary will host the Tenth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD). The year 2019 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the origins of slavery in what became the United States with the arrival of approximately twenty Africans who landed on the nearby shores of the James River in August 1619. While the geographical proximity of Williamsburg, Virginia highlights this important event, the arrival of these Africans reflected the deep diasporic dimensions that already connected–and continue to link–Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Asia. In that spirit, this conference will feature cutting edge scholarship, cultural events, film festivals and excursions to local historical sites that will highlight and celebrate the global dimensions of the African Diaspora and the centrality of black people worldwide to the making of the modern world.

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ASWAD Member Chouki El Hamel’s Statement on the Silencing of Slavery’s Past:

On the Imperative of Transnational Solidarity: A U.S. Black Feminist Statement on the Assassination of Marielle Franco

On the Imperative of Transnational Solidarity: A U.S. Black Feminist Statement on the Assassination of Marielle Franco

William & Mary to Host International African Diaspora Conference

William & Mary will host the 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) Nov. 5-10, 2019, in the Williamsburg Lodge.

Featuring the world’s leading scholars of the African Diaspora, the conference will bring together a range of activists and artists and host community events, including an African Diaspora food festival. The conference will feature tours of local historical sites, including Point Comfort, the first landing place of Africans in 1619; Fort Monroe, the site of liberation for 100,000 blacks who escaped slavery during the Civil War; sites of the Underground Railroad and runaway slave maroon communities; the Nat Turner Trail; Hampton University; and Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward, site of the Maggie Walker House, a National Historic Site. Registration is expected to open through ASWAD in September. (more…)

ASWAD VP Election Results

Dear ASWAD Members,

My thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s ASWAD Vice Presidential Election. In an unprecedented turnout, we had over 240 ballots cast in this election.

I am pleased to announce that Erik McDuffie will be our next Vice President! I know that he will do an amazing job of working with our local arrangements chair, Robert Trent Vinson, and our Program (more…)

ASWAD Board Announcement

Dear ASWAD Family,

My thanks to all those of you who participated in this year’s ASWAD Board Elections. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I am pleased and honored to announce the newest ASWAD Board members:

  • Nwando Achebe, Michigan State University
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward, University of Pittsburgh
  • Joseph Jordan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Robert Trent Vinson, College of William and Mary

I look forward to seeing many of you in Sevilla!

Leslie M. Alexander
ASWAD President

ASWAD Denounces White Nationalism

In the wake of another wave of white nationalist and Nazi demonstrations across the globe, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) reaffirms our opposition to the growing fascist movements throughout the African Diaspora. During these troubled times, ASWAD denounces all forms of harassment, aggression, and violence based on race, gender, religion and sexual orientation. We remain outraged by the U.S. president’s willingness to excuse and (more…)

ASWAD Statement on U.S. Executive Order on Immigration

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the newly inaugurated president of the United States issued an Executive Order barring citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen entry into the United States for 90 days; prohibiting all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days; and banning Syrian refugees for an indefinite period of time. This decision is the practical equivalent of a ban against Muslims entering the United States. In the days that followed, airports (more…)

ASWAD Statement Post-Election in the United States

Over the past two weeks, in the aftermath of a hotly contested presidential election, a wave of racist and xenophobic attacks has swept across the United States. In elementary and middle schools, young Latino/a children are taunted with chants of “Build the Wall” and “Go Back to Mexico.” At universities, similar jeers taunt our Black and Brown students, as students and others who are aligned with the White supremacist rhetoric of the U.S. president-elect feel they have gotten a “green light” to (more…)

ASWAD BLM Solidarity

The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and all organizations throughout the African Diaspora that are committed to asserting the humanity of African-descended peoples across the globe. Recent protests against the murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and countless others have caused a disturbing backlash against the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and its mission to end police brutality and (more…)

ASWAD Statement on the Charleston Shootings

ASWAD extends its condolences to the families of those massacred at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church on June 17, 2015 in a criminal act of domestic terrorism.  We share in the pain of all who are suffering, but also in the outrage that anti-black violence continues to erupt in societies that continue to cling to the ideologies of racial supremacy, inequality, and ignorance that constituted the very foundations on which they were built.  (more…)

ASWAD Statement on Ferguson (Michael Brown) Grand Jury Decision

The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora stands with the thousands of people outraged over the refusal of the Ferguson grand jury to send the case of the murder of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson to trial. We stand also with the families and communities of other black youth around the world facing similar targeting and violence at the hands of police, such as the React or Be Killed movement (FB group “Reaja ou Sera Morto”) in Bahia, Brazil seeking justice for Davi Alves and other black men murdered or disappeared in police custody. (more…)