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In The Department

Gordon, Ted

Dr. Edmund T. Gordon, Chair of the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, received a Presidential Citation on Thursday evening, April 17.  As one of the university’s highest honors, this prestigious program was established to recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals who personify the University’s commitment to the task of transforming lives. The University does not award honorary degrees, and these citations are designed to salute persons whose service exemplifies the values shared by the University community, who have brought great distinction to the University, and who have helped the institution to achieve its mission.  After an awards dinner and reception in the President’s office, the tower was lighted orange on Thursday night in honor of the honorees. 

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Dr. Irrizary

Yasmiyn Irizarry, PhD

Dr. Yasmiyn Irizarry joins AADS this fall as a new Assistant Professor. Dr. Irizarry’s research focuses on race and ethnicity, sociology of education, social inequality, and queer studies.  She comes to UT from Mississippi State and, among other accolades, was recently awarded a two-year research grant from the American Educational Research Association to evaluate race and gender disparities in 9th grade math course placements. Dr. Irizarry has extensive teaching experience and will contribute significantly to our curriculum.

AADS is now accepting applications for the terminal Master's Degree in African and African Diaspora Studies for the 2014-15 academic year!  

For more information please contact Nicole Thompson Beavers, Graduate Program Coordinator at nthompsonbeavers@austin.utexas.ed

Application process for the PhD program 2014-15 is now closed and will re-open September 2014.  

AADS would like to recognize the following faculty fellows of the department's two endowments

Lee and Joseph D. Jamail Chair in African American Studies: Kali Gross, Frank Guridy, Omise’eke Tinsley, Lisa B. Thompson and João Vargas.

Chair in African and African Diaspora Studies: Omoniyi Afolabi, Jossianna Arroyo Martinez, Simone Browne, Kevin Cokley, Kevin Foster, Maria Franklin, Lyndon Gill, Omi Osun Joni Jones, Stephen Marshall, Leonard Moore, Fehintola Mosadomi, Matt Richardson, Delia Sanchez, Christen Smith, Eric Tang and Shirley Thompson.

Dr. Xavier Livermon will lead one of the first classes in the country that focuses on African queer experience.

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Take advantage of AADS study abroad opportunities to Nicaragua and Brazil, also introducing our domestic study program to San Francisco, CA. These programs will give you the hands on opportunity to study global blackness. The San Francisco program will allow the exploration of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and show you the ugly issues the city faces with its Black communities.


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