Each year the Department of African and African American Studies comes together to celebrate the accomplishments of students and faculty. AAAS has a great diversity of student talents and interests. AAAS majors, minors and modifiers reflect a diverse and talented group of scholars, activists, change-makers, and artists. This year's graduating students worked in an impressive selection of disciplines such as Neuroscience, Geography, Environmental Studies, Sociology, History, Film and Media Studies, and others.
Aaron Rosenthal '23 completed an honors thesis entitled "Trap(ped): Evaluating Atlanta Rap as a Critique of Racial Capitalism."
Junelle Matthias '23 was awarded the Gary Love Prize in African and African American Studies. The Gary Love Prize is awarded to a student who has written an outstanding research paper or project.
Laura Logan '23 was awarded the Pamela Joyner Prize in African and African American Studies. The Pamela Joyner Prize is awarded to a graduating senior who has taken at least four AAAS courses and has the support of at least two professors.
Samuel Migwi '23 was awarded the William Cook-Louise Jacobs Award in African American Arts and Letters. The Cook Prize is awarded, in collaboration with the English Department, to a student whose work displays interest and excellence in African American arts and letters.
In addition to these student accomplishments, the Department congratulated Trica Keaton on her promotion to Full Professor. Her recent book #You Know You're Balack in France When...The Fact of Everyday Antiblackness was published by MIT Press in Feburary, 2023.