About AAAS

AAAS logoThe Program in African and African American Studies (AAAS), established in 1969, was the first ethnic studies program developed at Stanford University, and the first African & African American Studies program at a private institution in the U.S. AAAS provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of peoples of African descent as a central component of all societies, offering courses that promote research across departmental boundaries. It has developed an extensive and dedicated network of Stanford scholars who work in race studies and works in concert with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). Scholarship can focus on critical intersectionality with gender, class, region, religion and other variables, and thus works closely with other ethnic programs and allied fields of study—from International Relations to Political Science, and from Feminist Studies to Sociology. AAAS also encourages students to use interdisciplinary methods drawn from anthropology, art, art history, economics, languages, linguistics and literature, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, and religion, among others.

Our Symbol is a Sankofa:

The bird of our program's representation is the Asante People of Ghana's Adinkra symbol called Sankofa. It symbolizes taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress through the benevolent use of knowledge.


Contact Information

African & African American Studies
Stanford University
Building 360, Room 362B
Stanford, CA 94305-2084
Phone: 650-723-3782

Fax: 650-723-8528

Director: Arnetha Ball
Director of African & African American Studies
Professor of Education
Email: arnetha@stanford.edu
Address: Building 360, Room 362C

Associate Director: Dr. Cheryl A. Brown

Email: cheryl.brown@stanford.edu
Address: Building 360, Room 362A
Phone: 650-723-3781

Administrative Associate: Massa Wells

Student Services Coordinator
Email: massa.wells@stanford.edu
Address: Building 360, Room 362B
Phone: 650-723-3782