Message from the Chair, Cheryl L. Keyes

Greetings! With the new academic year underway, I am excited to welcome all of you back to the campus following nearly two years of virtual classroom instructions owing to the pandemic. Even during this critical moment in human history, UCLA still maintained its place as the No. 1 public university in the nation for the fifth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. With its world-class faculty, UCLA continues to offer students the opportunity to benefit from a wide-range of courses that provide historical, conceptual, and theoretical foundations for understanding global Black experiences.

As the Black Lives Matter movement broadens the national conversation around social justice and racial inequality, we recognize that the UCLA Department of African American Studies plays a leadership role in advancing scholarship and promoting activism around the critical systemic issues of our times. Engaging the community at large around these issues is more important than ever, and the Department of African American Studies hopes to continue doing this in this academic year through thoughtful public programming and events.

I’m proud to share that our department’s faculty are thought leaders in African American Studies and in other areas of study including Anthropology, History, Biomedical Science, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, Gender Studies, Law, Literature, Sociology, Theatre, and Political Science, among others. Their vital research and teaching have a lasting impact on our students, who represent our future scholars, artists, activists, and business leaders. I encourage you to explore UCLA Department of African American Studies online to learn more about our stellar faculty, esteemed students, and noteworthy achievements. I’m excited to share upcoming opportunities for you and our Bruin community to get more involved with us as we continue to move forward together.