Indiana University Approves New Doctoral Program in African-American and African Diaspora Studies

Fewer than 10 educational institutions nationwide offer a Ph.D. program in black studies. But now we can add a new one to the list, Indiana University in Bloomington.

Two different concentrations will be offered. First, “Race Representation and Knowledge Systems” will focus on how race is represented across the African diaspora. It will explore race-making in intellectual life, popular culture, the media, and the arts.

The second concentration will be “Power, Citizenship, and the Body Politic.”  This track will focus on discrimination, legal issues, and racial inequality.

The new doctoral program will be under the direction of Valerie Grim, the chair of the university’s department of African-American and African diaspora studies.