Mission Statement

Building on Harvard University’s longstanding scholarship and education on Africa, the Center for African Studies fosters the creation and dissemination of knowledge about Africa and African perspectives, across the University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professional Schools. As a University-wide entity, the Center works collaboratively with Harvard’s many loci of Africa-related expertise to expand upon and create new opportunities and resources for education and research, and to enhance connections among and between scholars, students, and groups focusing on Africa-related knowledge at the University, in the broader community, and through partnerships on the continent.

The Center for African Studies (CAS) is the umbrella organization for all things Africa-related at Harvard University.  In 2010 and 2014, CAS was designated a National Resource Center for African Studies through the United States Department of Education.

The Center serves as an intellectual hub, connecting students, faculty, and members of the wider Africanist community with shared interests through seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the academic year. CAS also funds research and travel in Africa through our grants and internships programs. For more information about the Center’s activities, please visit our events calendar. Students interested in pursuing a B.A. or a Ph.D. in African Studies should contact the Department of African and African American Studies.

Learn more about the Center in our 2016 Annual Report, here.