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C Shawn McGuffey 2016

Sociology Associate Professor and AADS Core Faculty, C. Shawn McGuffey is the recipient of the 2016 Kimberle Crenshaw Outstanding Article Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. His article is entitled, "Rape and Racial Appraisals: Culture, Intersectionality and Black Women's Account of Sexual Assault." Click here for the full citation. Prof. McGuffey is also the co-recipient of the Distinguished Article Award from the Race, Gender and Class section of the American Sociological Association

Anjali Vats

Communication Assistant Professor and AADS Core Faculty, Prof. Anjali Vats is a featured scholar in the UM Diversity Scholars Network for February 2016. Prof. Vat's teaches courses in the areas of race, rhetoric, law and media studies. Her research is focused on rhetorics of race in law and popular culture. Prof. Vats received a 2016-2017 AAUW postdoctoral fellowship. She will be spending the next academic year as Visiting Professor of Law at UC-Davis Law School.

Upcoming Events

New Directions in African Diaspora Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 9th, 4:30-6:00 pm, Devlin Hall 101  Prof. Joshua Guild                                                     Department of History, Princeton University                        " 'This Could Be You': Confronting the Specter of Racial Violence in Postwar New York and London" 

Wednesday, March 15th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Location TBD   Prof. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor                                                           

Works-In-Progress Lecture Series

October 26th, 12-1:30 pm, Lyons Hall 301E                   Prof. Zine Magubane                                             Department of Sociology, Boston College                            "A Critique of the Theory of Color Blind Racism" 

December 7th, 12-1:30 pm, Lyons Hall 301E                 Julia Bates, PhD Student                                       Department of Sociology, Boston College                           "U.S. Empire and Educational Philanthropy in Africa: The Making of the Black American Colonial Subject, 1917-1922"



African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: Sunday, 15 January 2017 at 11:59 pm EST


Boston College’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) announces its dissertation fellowship competition.  Scholars working in any discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies, are eligible to apply.  We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably interdisciplinary, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field. Find more information about the African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship.

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Resources and Opportunities

Open Faculty Positions

Open-Rank Professor in African American Literature and Culture                                                                   Two Open-Rank Positions in Race, Religion and the African Diaspora 


AADS Dissertation Fellowship                                   Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship    

Amanda V Houston Traveling Fellowship


The Amanda V. Houston Travelling Fellowship provides up to $3000 toward domestic or international travel, including transportation, lodging, meals and research-related expenses. Explore the AADS website to learn more about the AVH Traveling Fellowship.

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