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About Africana Studies

Mission

The Mission of the Africana Studies Program is to develop a nationally recognized Program in Africana Studies, one that provides the highest quality of teaching and research. AFST also seeks to facilitate the development of an Africana community at Texas A&M University for students from all racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. We do this by

  • offering a variety of courses for undergraduates in studies of the African Diaspora
  • exposing students to theoretical approaches different from those traditionally found in college curricula
  • regularly bringing a variety of speakers to campus to share their expertise in Africana Studies

History

Officially launched in 2004, the Africana Studies Program (AFST) at Texas A&M University was developed by Albert S. Broussard, Kimberly N. Brown, Finnie D. Coleman, Larry J. Oliver, and Larry W. Yarak, under the direction of the late Woodrow Jones, Jr. (Dean of Liberal Arts 1994-2001).

The current Executive Director of Interdisciplinary Critical Studies, including Africana Studies, is Dr. Mindy Bergman, Professor of Psychology (effective 9/1/2017). Her tenure was preceded by those of

  • Violet M. Showers Johnson, Professor of History (Director, 2012-2017)
  • Larry J. Oliver, Professor of English (Acting Director, 2011-2012)
  • Kimberly N. Brown, Associate Professor of English (Director, 2007-2011)
  • Dr. Patrick K. Muana, Assistant Professor of English (Director, 2004-2007)