July 1, 2001

Department of Africana Studies

In 2001, the Afro-American Studies Program was upgraded to department status and renamed the Department of Africana Studies. According to department chair Lewis Gordon, the name reflected “the current broad focus on the African diaspora, the history and culture of people of African descent in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, Latin Africa, and the Francophone and Arabic world.” It was the first Africana Studies Department in the Ivy League.