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Police Violence in the Global Black Community

Featuring Luciana Brito, Manoucheka Celeste, Sandy Hudson, Mame-Fatou and Niang. Moderated by Christen Smith.

Covid-19 and the African Diaspora Parts 1 & 2

Featuring Luciana Brito, Ugo Edu, Julius Fobil, Aaron Kamugisha, Angelique Nixon, Nicole Phillip-Dowe, and Maboula Soumahoro. Moderated by Michael A. Gomez.

Dispatches from the United States

The novel coronavirus has killed over 100,000 people in the United States, combining with the older, more lethal and more permanent virus of white supremacy to ensure that black, Latinx and Native Americans disproportionately die from COVID-19. On May 25, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, four police officers murdered George Floyd, a forty-six year-old black man. In full view of a gathering crowd, including the seventeen-year-old girl who filmed the murder and is now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, police officers handcuffed the unarmed Floyd, forced him to the ground, then pressed their knees into his neck for eight minutes. They blithely ignored his intensifying distress as he called for his dead mother and repeatedly gasped, “I can’t breathe,” until he was dead. “I can’t breathe.” (more…)

In Solidarity, A Message from ASWAD

Dear ASWAD Family,

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the world, we hope and pray that you, your family and all loved ones are safe and healthy during these increasingly perilous times. We know too well that all over the world, ongoing racial and economic inequalities explain why COVID-19 kills people of color in highly disproportionate numbers. Black and brown people cannot always take protective social distancing measures while (more…)

Thabiti Willis Receives Prestigious Mellon New Directions Fellowship to Unearth New Understanding of the Histories of Bahrain Communities in the Gulf Region

Thabiti WillisThabiti WillisAssociate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies, has been awarded the prestigious New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Fellowship will support Willis’ three-year research project, “Slaves and Singers: Race, Work and Heritage in a Gulf Country.” The substantial fellowship, in the amount of $300,000, will enable Willis to address social, cultural, and historical factors that shaped the experiences of Africans and their descendants in the Indian Ocean World, and their place in contemporary public depictions of the history of the Gulf states. The funding primarily supports summer and sabbatical leave time, along with fellow’s training programs. (more…)

ASWAD Founding Director Wins ASA Book Prize

ASWAD’s founding director, Michael A. Gomez, was awarded the 2019 African Studies Association Book Prize for African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa (Princeton University Press).

ASWAD member John Thabiti Willis received honorable mention for the prize for Masquerading Politics: Kinship, Gender, and Ethnicity in Yoruba Town (Indiana University Press.

Congrats to you both!

ASWAD 2019 Book and Article Prizes

The ASWAD Sterling Stuckey Book Prize

For a second or subsequent book by a senior scholar
Jorge L. Giovannetti-Torres, Black British Migrants in Cuba: Race, Labor, and Empire in the Twentieth-Century Caribbean, 1898-1948 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Finalist: Martha S. Jones, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

The ASWAD Outstanding First Book Prize

Oscar de la Torre, People of the River: Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945 (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2018)

Finalist: Yuko Miki, Frontiers of Citizenship: A Black and Indigenous History of Postcolonial Brazil (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

The ASWAD Outstanding Article Prize

Sara E. Johnson, “‘Your Mother Gave Birth to a Pig’: Power, Abuse, and Planter Linguistics in Baudry des Lozières’s Vocabulaire Congo,Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 16.1 (2018): 7-40.


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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 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…)