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Welcome to the Center for African Studies!

The Center for African Studies (CAS) is excited and proud to announce that we are entering into a new phase in pursuit of our core academic mission of research and teaching linked to the African continent and its diaspora. Since its founding in 1969, CAS’s mandate has been to focus on faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research and education. CAS is situated within Stanford Global Studies, an entity comprised of 14 regional and transnational research centers, including CAS. The core mission of these centers is research and teaching, in alignment with the School of Humanities and Sciences. 


As a multi-disciplinary hub, CAS fosters research, learning, and public engagement with Africa and its diasporas. CAS serves students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and the public by building community through events, networks, partnerships, and resources. CAS aims to share knowledge with the global public, to promote advocacy, and to address critical issues in Africa and beyond.  


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CAS Annual Lecture Book List

Looking for a great book to read this summer? Ellah Wakatama, author and Editor-at-Large for Canongate Books spoke at the CAS Centering Africa annual lecture, introducing many to a fantastic list of African authors. Check out this article to read the book list, published by Brittle Paper.