Welcome to Black Studies

Black Studies is essential training for living and working in the 21st Century. The Department of Black Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago is at the cutting edge of research and teaching about today’s most pressing issues:

global protests to save Black lives

mass incarceration

health disparities in the age of COVID-19

school-to-prison pipeline

slavery and reparations

Black arts and performance

queer Black life

immigrants and refugees

Blackness in the media

teaching Black history

Black communities and politics

feminist leadership and legacies

We focus on the history, culture and politics of African-descended people in the Americas and around the globe in the quest for a more just and equitable world. Join Us!

Jane Rhodes

Professor and Head, Department of Black Studies