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Afro American Studies

A general guide to library research in Afro American Studies.

Featured Journals

African American Review

11th floor and online

The Black Scholar

E185.5 B5 
14th floor and online

Contributions in Black Studies

HT1581.A2 C6
17th floor and online

The Crisis

1910-1996 Per E185.5 .C92, 2 sets, on on 24th floor, one in Special Collections, some missing issues

(1996-2003 changed name to The New Crisis2003-present changed back to The Crisis.)

Recent years are online.

Journals in Afro American Studies

Each title is followed by the Library's call number. Please note: this is not an exhaustive list.

African American Review  PS173.N4N36 and online

Afro-Americans in New York Life and History  F128.9.N4A36 and online

Afro-Hispanic Review  PQ7081.A1A36 and online

American Visions  E185.5.A56 and online

Black Collegian  LC2781.B45 and online

Black Issues in Higher Education  LC2781.B455 and online

Black Journalism Review Online at

Black Renaissance  E185.5.B564 and online

The Black Scholar E185.5.B5 and Microfilm A 831 and online

Callaloo PS173.N4C3 and online

Contributions in Black Studies HT1581.A2 C6 and online through ScholarWorks

The Crisis 1910-1996 Per E185.5 .C92 (some missing issues; 1996-2003 changed name to The New Crisis2003-present changed back to The Crisis)

Harvard BlackLetter Journal online

Howard Law Journal K1.H68 and online

International Review of African American Art N6538.N5I58 and online through the Black Studies Center

The Journal of African American History E185.J86 and online

The Journal of Africana Religions online

Journal of Black Psychology E185.625.J68 and online

Journal of Black Studies E185.5.J8 and online

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education LC2781.J68 and online

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved RA418.5.P6J68 and online

Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development LC3701.J68 and online

Journal of Negro Education LC2701.J6 and online

The Journal of Negro History E185.J86 and online

The Journal of Pan African Studies online

Journal of Religious Thought BR1.J67 and online

Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences E185.5.J84

Journal of Urban Affairs HT101.J65 and online

Journal of Urban Economics HB1.J75 and online

Langston Hughes Review PS3515.U274Z673 and online through the Black Studies Center

National Black Law Journal E185.5.B47 and online

Phylon Five College Repository and online

Race and Class HT1501.R25 and online

The Review of Black Political Economy E185.5.R45 and online

Slavery and Abolition: a Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies HT851.S58 and online

Souls: a Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society E185.5.S68 and online

The Trotter Review E185.86.T77

The Western Journal of Black Studies online 

Spotlight on...

Contributions in Black Studies: A Journal of African and Afro-American Studies (CIBS), was a periodical publication of the Five Colleges, Inc.: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, that appeared more or less annually from 1977 to 1997. The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst is pleased to provide open access to the articles that appeared in CIBS through this electronic repository.

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The November 2016 issue of The Journal of Africana Religions features an article by UMass Afro American Studies PhD alum McKinley Eric Melton titled "Congo Gods by Christian Names: Hurston’s Prayer-Speech as Cultural Inheritance."


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The Winter 2008 issue of the journal Black Scholar features articles by then UMass graduate students in Afro American Studies: Jonathan B. Fenderson, Anthony Ratcliff, and Christopher M. Tinson. All have subsequently attained their Ph.D.s in the department.