Fall 2021 AADS Graduate Applications

The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is now accepting applications for our PhD and master’s programs for fall 2021. 


The mission of the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) is to engage in critical inquiry of the cultures, societies, and political economies of the people of Africa and the African diaspora. AADS works to advance knowledge of these diverse societies to gain insights into pressing issues and critical phenomena, to critique and generate theories, and to disseminate transformative knowledge. AADS graduate programs draw from theories and scholarship that center Black/African/African diasporic knowledge and experience.

The PhD in AADS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) offers two concentrations: 1) Political Economy and Public Policy (PE/PP), and 2) Cultures and Societies of Africa and the Diaspora (C&S). The PhD prepares students for academic careers in black studies and aligned fields. Our faculty commands a wide range of expertise in political economy and public policy, cultural, economic, historical, literary, folklore, international studies, and sociological psychological inquiry. Please see the PhD Brochure or visit our Ph.D. page for more information.

The MA in AADS at UWM is a two-year interdisciplinary graduate degree that offers students the opportunity to develop strong theoretical knowledge, receive training in research methods, become familiar with multidisciplinary analytical frameworks, while being exposed to the broad fundamental principles that guide the field of AADS. Students can specialize in various fields, involving a wide array of subjects relating to African development and underdevelopment, public policy, race and ethnicity, history, culture, and society. Please see the MA Brochure or visit our MA page for more information.

Working with Faculty

The AADS graduate programs are housed at UWM, an R1 research institution located in an urban environment that offers many opportunities for study and community engagement. Students will work closely with faculty to complete their culminating projects. The department’s faculty command a range of expertise including cultural, psychological, political, and sociological inquiry. Students can work with faculty who conduct research in North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe.


Prospective students must complete their application through UWM’s Graduate School website in order to have their materials considered. Prospective applicants should visit the Graduate Schools website to access the application. Their address is: https://uwm.edu/graduateschool

Applications received by Dec. 1st, 2020 receive first consideration for funding for the PhD program. MA applicants who want first consideration for admission should apply by Jan. 31st, 2021.

BONUS! Application Fee Waiver:

UWM’s Graduate School will pay application fees for all applicants who attend the Fall 2020 Virtual Open House.

To be eligible, applicants must begin their application on or after Monday, Oct. 19th, 2020, and register for the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies virtual open house session on Monday, November 16, 2020, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. so their name is on the official list of attendees.

More Information

See the link below for a link to the African and African Diaspora Studies Graduate Program webpage for more information about the African and African Diaspora Studies graduate programs: https://uwm.edu/african-diaspora-studies/graduate/.

Contact African and African Diaspora Studies Graduate Representative Dr. Nolan Kopkin at kopkin@uwm.edu for more information.