The Institute for African American Affairs is the research arm of the department, also known as IAAA.

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Research Committees

The Institute will establish university-wide committees that constitute working research groups on specific themes. The output of these committees will be a series of working papers published by the Institute.

The committees will also sponsor student-professor panels which will present at Oscar Ritchie Hall during the Week of Scholarship in late April-early May.

Finally, the committees will be able to search for funding for on-going research work which can include student collaboration.

We expect that professors in the departments of History, Geography, Sociology, Biology, Nursing, Political Science and others will participate. We also anticipate participation from professors from various programs such as the Water Management Institute and Women’s Studies.

Committee Partners

  • Diaspora and Migration: Globalization and Subaltern Identity
  • Literature, the Arts, and the Media
  • Public Health and Public Opinion
  • Religious Communities and Race
  • Geography, Culture and Urbanization
  • Environment, Demography and Challenges to the Modern State
  • Definitional Conundrums: Indigenous, Native, Authenticity, Tradition, and Purity


The Kitabu (literally, book in Swahili) is a publication formerly published by the IAAA.

In the spring of 2009 the IAAA will re-launch this publication, which will serve as a forum for DAFS faculty and invited authors to present monographs relevant to the IAAA/New World Studies mission.

During the fall of 2008 the Director of the Institute will invite scholars to serve on the editorial board for this journal. The anticipated length of the journal will be 50 pages, providing space for editorial comments, Institute announcements, and the monographs.