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School of Culture, Gender, and Social Justice

African and American Diaspora Studies

Dr. Ulrich Adelt, Director
111 Ross Hall
Phone: (307) 766-2481


JACQUELINE BRIDGEMAN, B.A. Stanford University 1996; J.D. University of Chicago 1999; Professor of Law 2008, 2002.
DARRELL D. JACKSON, B.A. College of William and Mary 1987; J.D. George Mason University School of Law 1990; Ph.D. University of Colorado School of Education 2011; Professor of Law 2018, 2013.
TRACEY OWENS PATTON, B.A. Colorado State University 1993; M.A. 1996; Ph.D. University of Utah 2000; Professor of Communication and Journalism 2012, 2003.

Associate Professors:

ULRICH ADELT, M.A. University of Hamburg, Germany 2000; Ph.D. University of Iowa 2007; Associate Professor of American Studies 2015, 2009.
B.S. SUNY Brockport 1995; M.A. Cornell University 2005; Ph.D. 2009; Associate Professor of Anthropology 2016, 2010.

Assistant Professor:

FREDRICK D. DIXON, B.A. Purdue University 1993; M.A. Northeastern Illinois University 2003; Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2018; Assistant Professor of African and American Diaspora Studies 2019.

Associate Academic Professional Lecturer:

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


JASMINE AUSTIN, B.A. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 2013; M.A. University of Wyoming.
B.A. University of Wyoming; M.A. 2011.

African and American Diaspora Studies

The African and American 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.

Undergraduate Studies

The population of Black America has nearly doubled in Wyoming since the year 2000. As the population becomes more diverse it is important to provide students with a background in multicultural relations so that they are prepared for the global workforce. We intend to provide students with the necessary knowledge to prepare them to participate in an increasingly interconnected world. Therefore, African and American Diaspora Studies offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and an undergraduate minor in African and American Diaspora Studies.

Students may access a copy of the undergraduate major and minor check sheets at

African and American Diaspora Studies Major

The B.A. in African and American Diaspora Studies consists of 35 credit hours:

  • 15 credit hours of core course requirements: AAST 1000, AAST 2240, AAST 2360, AAST 3130, AAST 4975
  • 3 credit hours of a lower division (1000- or 2000- level) AAST course (excludes core courses)
  • 6 credit hours of upper division (3000- or 4000-level) AAST courses - internships are highly recommended
  • 3 credit hours of a lower division or upper division AAST course (excludes core courses)
  • 8 credit hours of a single foreign language

African and American Diaspora Studies Minor

The minor in African and American Diaspora Studies consists of 21 credit hours:

  • 9 credit hours of core course requirements
  • 9 credit hours of electives (excludes core courses)
  • 3 credit hours of senior thesis seminar (AAST 4975, Capstone)

Thematic tracks in the major or minor are optional:

  • History
  • Culture & Aesthetics
  • Politics & Law
  • Rhetoric & English
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Media Studies

At present, no program for graduate degrees in African American and Diaspora Studies is offered; however, some courses may be counted at the graduate level.

African and American Diaspora Studies (AAST) Courses

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