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Africana Studies

Africana Studies

Africana studies examines the diverse experiences of people of African descent worldwide, focusing especially but not exclusively on African, African American and Caribbean affairs and culture. Using the tools of the social sciences and humanities, we investigate the structures, organizations, problems and perspectives of those of African origin and the African Diaspora.

Our mission is to advance the study and understanding of the historical as well as the contemporary connections among communities with people of African descent.

Experiential learning plays a large role in the Africana studies department, and majors are encouraged to go abroad. Students often spend six weeks at the Ethnographic Field School in Tanzania and in programs across Europe and Africa. Africana studies majors also engage domestic and global communities through Dickinson's Global Mosaics program, interdisciplinary research excursions designed around immersive ethnographic fieldwork. Recent Global Mosaics include "After Genocide and Apartheid" (Rwanda; 2019) and "The African Diaspora" (Cuba; 2018).

Contact Info


Benjamin NgongAssociate Professor of French

Department Coordinator

Mary Moll





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Althouse Science Hall - Room G11 Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • AmeriCorps/Vista
  • Teach for America
  • Deloitte
  • TEAM Charter Schools
  • Imagine Scholar
  • Ithaca College
  • NBC Universal
  • St. Thomas More School

Graduate Schools

  • Columbia University
  • State University of New York at Albany
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of Southern California
  • Northwestern University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Georgia
  • CUNY, Hunter College
  • Georgetown University
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Icahn School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Cumberland County Courthouse
  • Food Trust
  • Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Internship Program
  • YWCA Carlisle
  • Exploration Schools at Yale University
  • Planned Parenthood Keystone
  • Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation
  • United Way of Pennsylvania
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • BRICK Peshine School

Student Perspective

I was the Africana studies/Archives & Special Collections intern for Dickinson. I explored materials in the archives to formulate a cumulative research project. My research was centered around Black student identity and advocacy at Dickinson during the 1960s, but also more generally in America during the time period. I focused on individuals and groups who worked toward changing the discriminatory culture of the school during the time.

—Destiny McFalls ’25 

Student Research

Black Students Organizing @ Dickinson 1963-2023

In April of 2022, Black Students Organizing @ Dickinson 1963-2023, became the first installment of the Sankofa Series, a student-curated exhibit that showcased the legacies and longevity of Black history, activism, celebration, and survival at Dickinson College. The exhibition was led by Lynn Johnson, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Distinguished Chair in Africana Studies, and Celeste Hopson ’24 Africana Studies major, with contributions from Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity and the students of the Africana Studies Department. Black Students Organizing @ Dickinson 1963-2023, is the product of Africana Studies students' archival excavation of the images and voices of Black students who founded and cofounded organizations that made significant imprints on the academic curriculum as well as the social fabric of the college and Carlisle communities. To educate past, present, and future Dickinsonians about the efforts of inclusivity and equality that Black students and allies have made, the Black Students Organizing exhibit shares the stories and voices that were not hiding in the archives but were waiting to be found. No longer will these histories be at risk of being left behind.

Africana Studies News

Dickinson to Host Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, One of Time

Dickinson to Host Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, One of Time's 100 Most Influential People

Nyirumbe will deliver lecture addressing the effects of gender-based violence and how to find hope.

New Graduate Spotlight: Lilly Eidelberg ’23

New Graduate Spotlight: Lilly Eidelberg ’23

Through a study-abroad internship, Lilly Eidelberg ’23, helped fight for the rights of marginalized South Africans.

Recent Arts Residencies Explore Potent Themes Through Sight and Sound

Recent Arts Residencies Explore Potent Themes Through Sight and Sound

In recent weeks, Dickinson has welcomed visiting artists to campus to serve impactful residencies. Here's why that's so important for our arts students and for the whole college community.

Student Snapshot: Destiny McFalls

Student Snapshot: Destiny McFalls '25  

"We should constantly work to better our world," says Destiny McFalls '25, who researched Black identity and activism at Dickinson and recently presented her findings.

Africana Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2021

Africana Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2021

Graduating Africana studies major will teach through Urban Teachers program while earning a master's of science education degree from johns Hopkins University.

Dickinson’s Upsilon Delta Honored for Work in the Community

Dickinson’s Upsilon Delta Honored for Work in the Community

The college's chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority takes runner-up among 63 regional chapters for its service work efforts.