The New Director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University

Gerald Aching was appointed director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. He will assume his new post on July 1. Professor Aching has been serving as professor of Romance studies at the university and only recently received a joint appointment in Africana studies. He has been on the Cornell faculty since 2009. Previously, he taught at New York University for 12 years.

“I very much look forward to working with Africana’s talented faculty and bright students,” Aching said. “The Africana Studies and Research Center’s eminent history and achievements provide a solid foundation for new scholarship and teaching opportunities. It will be exciting to undertake and facilitate collective initiatives in the context of this tradition and the new faculty who will begin to join us in the fall.”

Dr. Aching is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Romance studies from Cornell University.


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