Black Military Workers and Scientific Racism

Book cover of Contagions of Empire
Book cover for "Contagions of Empire: Scientific Racism, Sexuality, and Black Military Workers Abroad, 1898-1948"

Black Military Workers and Scientific Racism

Re-aired on CSPAN3 American History TV

During World Wars I and II, African American troops were subjected to experimental medical treatments based on racial stereotypes. Professor Khary Oronde Polk, of the SWAGS and Black Studies Departments, discussed his book, Contagions of Empire, which examines the bias behind these treatments and the physical and mental toll they exacted on their recipients. The National World War I Museum and Memorial hosted this discussion and provided the video.

Video and transcript

Top 10 Colleges for Women’s Studies

SWAGS Department end-of-the-year brunch 2018
SWAGS Department end-of-the-year brunch, May 2018

College Magazine

Amherst College was named as one of the top 10 colleges for Women's Studies in 2019

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ANTH 228 / HIST 228 / SOCI 228 / SWAG 228 Feminist Approaches to COVID-19 co-taught by Professor Katrina Karkazis and Professor Christine Peralta

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NEW COURSE - History of Race, Gender, and Comic Books (Spring 2022)

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