African Studies

Farah Jasmine Griffin sits smiling in front of a book case in her office

Photo by Eileen Barroso

On December 1, when Columbia’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to create the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, the cry heard around the University was, “It’s about time!”

members of the Columbia Senate Plenary raise their name tags in the air to signify an affirmative vote to launch the the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

The Senate Plenary vote on November 16. Photo by Jessica Raimi

The University Senate achieved its biggest turnout in at least three decades for a vote on Sept.

aerial photo of the Morningside campus
Columbia University’s full Board of Trustees unanimously voted to create the African American and African Diaspora Studies department.

Mamadou Diouf is the Leitner Family Professor of African Studies, and the Director of the Institute for African Studies at the School of International and Public Affairs, at Columbia University.