Welcome Message from Dr. Jane Rhodes, Department Head

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!