African and Black Diaspora Studies


The purpose of the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies is to provide DePaul students with a systematic, interdisciplinary, and integrated course of study of Africa and the Black Diaspora, including African America, the Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin America.

African and Black Diaspora Studies (ABD) will also train students in comparative analysis of regions (e.g., peoples, religions, philosophies) through an incorporation of the study of history, power, identity, gender, and race. The Department’s offerings provide students with opportunities to learn about and develop expertise in the cultures, histories, and societies of people of African descent. African and Black Diaspora Studies prepares students to pursue professions and careers in a variety of areas. ABD students have gone on to careers in fields such as law/legal studies, social work, academia, teaching, community work/advocacy, publishing, communication and media, business, public policy, and more.


Amor ​Kohli, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Tufts University​​

Julie Moody-Freeman, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

Lori Pierce, PhD
Associate Professor
​​University of Hawaii