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African American and Diaspora Studies

Tracey Owens Patton, Director
111 Ross Hall
Phone: (307) 766-2481


JACQUELINE BRIDGEMAN, B.A. Stanford University 1996; J.D. University of Chicago 1999; Associate Professor of Law 2006, 2002.
GRACIE LAWSON-BORDERS, B.A. Michigan State University 1982; M.A. Northwestern University 1995; Ph.D. Wayne State University 2001; Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies 2012.
TRACEY OWENS PATTON, B.A. Colorado State University 1993; M.A. 1996; Ph.D. University of Utah 2000; Professor of Communication and Journalism 2012.

Associate Professors:

DEBORAH L. MCGRIFF, B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1976; M.S.W. University of Nebraska-Omaha 1981; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 1999; Associate Professor of Counselor Education 2008, 2002.

Assistant Professors:

ULRICH ADELT, M.A. University of Hamburg, Germany 2000; Ph.D. University of Iowa 2007; Assistant Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and American Studies.
ERIN FORBES, B.A. Reed College 2002; Ph.D. Princeton University 2009; Assistant Professor of English 2009.
LAWRENCE JACKSON, B.F.A. University of Southern Mississippi 2000; M.F.A. Florida State University 2007; Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance 2009.
MARCUS WATSON, B.S. SUNY Brockport 1995; M.A. Cornell University 2009; Assistant Professor 2012.

Assistant Academic Professional Lecturer:

MARY L. KELLER, B.A. Williams College 1987; M.A. Syracuse University 1992; Ph.D. 2002.

Visiting Assistant Professor:

KERRY PIMBLOTT, B.A. Kings College London 2005; Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 2012.


KEILEIGH YEEND, B.A. University of Wyoming 2011.

African American and Diaspora Studies

The African American and Diaspora Studies Program, through an interdisciplinary course of study, examines the experiences of African Americans in the Western United States, in the context of Africa and its Diaspora in Europe and the Americas.

African American Studies Minor

The minor in African American and Diaspora Studies requires 21 credit hours; this includes the three-credit hour independent research. Three of those courses or (9) credit hours must include the required core courses, and the remaining courses must be at the 2000 level or higher. The thematic tracks are recommended as a structural guide, not a requirement, to help students focus their coursework with their major.

African American Studies (AAST) Courses

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