Black Studies

Black Studies at Amherst is an interdisciplinary exploration of the histories and cultures of Black peoples in Africa and around the world.

Congratulations Professor Khary Polk!

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2021 Finalist for the Organization of American Historians Lawrence W. Levine Award

His book, Contagions of Empire, was a finalist for the 2021 Organization of American Historians Lawrence W. Levine Award for best book in American cultural history.

Lawrence W. Levine Award

Our courses draw on literature, philosophy, history, and many other disciplines to examine African, African-American, and Caribbean/Latin American themes. We also study the social construction of racial differences and its relation to the perpetuation of racism and racial domination.



We offer the Edward Jones Prize, named for the College’s first Black alumnus, and the Charles Hamilton Houston Prize, named for civil rights lawyer and member of the Amherst Class of 1915. 

Featured Article

Digital Africas

Digital Africas

It’s a subculture often dismissed with a punch line: Nigerian youth who email unsuspecting victims and convince them to send money in return for nonexistent goods or deals. This semester, 25 Amherst students looked beyond the punch line to the young perpetrators of the infamous scam.

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