Department of Africana Studies

Chair of Africana Studies

Greetings from the Chair

Habari Gani! It is an honor to serve as Chair of one of the oldest and largest Black Studies departments in the nation. We are cultivating an intellectual environment grounded in the histories, cultures, and worldview of African people that seeks to activate the strengths of our students and their communities.

Through our degree programs, curriculum and programming, we aim to raise students' and scholars' critical race consciousness and cultural literacy to challenge systemic racism, anti-Blackness and inequities. We also offer a wealth of community engagement and empowerment opportunities.

Minor Programs

Interdisciplinary Minor in African Studies

The minor in African Studies is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of African history, literature, politics, geography and cultures.

Melanie Shaw Writing Center

Africana Studies Writing Center

Director: Melanie Shaw

Writing Center Coordinator:

Africana Studies Writing Center (webpage)

Our Spring 2022 Virtual Africana Studies Writing Center hours are:

Monday to Thursday,
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM



All News
Emeritus Professor Johnie Scott

July 10, 2024

CSUN, Africana Studies Department Honors the Legacy of Emeritus Professor Johnie Scott

Former Chair and Associate Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Northridge, Professo...

Tyre Nichols

January 28, 2024

CSUN Department of Africana Studies Demand for Justice for Tyre Nichols and All Black Lives

Tyre Nichols, a father, a son, a friend, a family man, a community member, an employee, an African American w...

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January 26, 2024

Anticipated Part-Time Faculty Openings in Africana Studies AY 2024-25

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Department Chair

Dr. Marquita Gammage

Santa Susana Hall (SN) 324
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8315

  • Phone: (818) 677-3311
  • Fax: (818) 677-3619

CSUN Black House

Director: Ryan E. Mason, Ed.D.

18348 Halsted Street
Northridge, CA 91325

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