What is Africana Studies?
The primary mission of the Africana Studies Institute (formerly the Institute for African American Studies) is to enlighten and inform the University of Connecticut community and the people of the State of Connecticut, nation and the world about the history, culture, contributions and experiences of people of African descent in the United States and abroad. To achieve this goal, the ASI promotes high quality research, scholarship and teaching of the African American experience and sponsors a wide variety of programs on topics and issues that are critical to Black America and pertinent to a better understanding of the Black World.
- Oct 8 Africana Studies @ UConn Open House 9:30am
The Love Below: Generations of Feminism in Hip-Hop 4:00pm
Tuesday, October 10th, 2023
Homer Babbidge Library
Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey is a Professor of Africana Studies at Georgia State University and the Co-Director for the Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni (CASA). Her research interests include Hip Hop culture, popular culture, political behavior, political attitudes, African-American politics, Black women and Politics, political psychology and public opinion.
Her current research examines the relationship between political rap music and racial attitudes in a book (with Adolphus Belk, Jr) tentatively titled, Check the Rhyme: Political Rap Music and Racial Attitudes (New York University Press).
She recently published a co-edited volume with Jonathan Gayles entitled Black Popular Culture and Social Justice: Beyond the Culture (Routledge Press 2023). Dr. Bonnette-Bailey has also published a co-edited volume with Adolphus Belk Jr entitled For the Culture: Hip-Hop and Social Justice (University of Michigan Press, 2022) examining the relationships between Hip-Hop culture and social justice. Additionally, Dr. Bonnette-Bailey published (2015) a book with the University of Pennsylvania Press entitled, Pulse of the People: Rap Music and Black Political Attitudes.
Dr. Bonnette-Bailey has published over 5 articles and 7 book chapters in addition to the three books she has authored. These articles have been published in a variety of journals including the journals, Ethnic Studies Review, New Political Science, and Du Bois Review. She is also the winner of numerous awards including the Provost’s Outstanding Tenure Track Faculty Achievement Award (2023) and their Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) (2022) award as well as the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Diversity Award (2020). Currently, she serves as the Co-Principal Investigator on two Mellon Foundation grants “Intersectionality in the American South,” and the “Humanities Inclusivity Program,” totaling over 2 million dollars.
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Drs. Barbara and Carlton Molette Scholarship and Award Dinner 5:00pm
Thursday, April 11th, 2024
The Africana Studies Institute presents the Drs. Barbara and Carlton Molette Scholarship Award! The Institute will celebrate our undergraduate award recipients, our faculty’s accomplishments and our alumni!