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 Black 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 Department Chair
Tufts University​​

Symone Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Notre Dame

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

Xorla Ocloo, PhD
Assistant Professor
Emory University

Lori Pierce, PhD
Associate Professor
​​University of Hawaii

Ashley Stone, PhD
Ida B. Wells-Barnett Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
University of Central Florida

Taurean Webb, PhD
STRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Northwestern University