Harvard University Africa-related Resources

CAS is continuously updating its online resources for students, faculty and the wider Africanist community.  Below is a selection of Harvard-based African Studies resources: 


AfricaMap is housed at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University with an initial grant from the Harvard Provosts Fund for Innovative Computing and ongoing support from the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, the Department of African and African American Studies and the Center for African Studies at Harvard University. Since its beta release in November of 2008, the framework has been implemented in several geographic locations with different research foci, including metro Boston, East Asia, the city of Paris as well as an array of African country map sites. In June of 2011 the AfricaMap model was expanded into WorldMap and additional tools and functionality were added that allow users anywhere to upload maps and create their own set of map layers.  Learn more about why Professor Blier created AfricaMap/WorldMap, and what you can do with this amazing tool!


Africa’s Sources of Knowledge – Digital Library Project

The ASK-DL project is a pioneering initiative in the identification, recovery, integration, consolidation, and dissemination of information contained in rare handwritten and out-of-print African language documents of non-latinate scripts.



Africa Policy Journal

The Africa Policy Journal (APJ) is a scholarly publication in the United States dedicated to African policy in the realms of governance, development, the environment, and culture. The Harvard Africa Policy Journal (APJ) is a student-run online publication dedicated to promoting dialogue about African policy and current affairs in the realms of governance, law, education, business, health, design and culture. The Journal was initially started in 2006 at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Guide on “Writing in African Studies Journals” (2015 edition)

The Guide on “Writing in African Studies Journals” (2015 edition) provides a quick overview about writing in African Studies Journals including main requirements, tips on writing, and selecting the right journal.

Harvard Centers for Learning about Africa

University Partners in African Studies

University-wide Initiatives

Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Graduate School of Design

Harvard Divinity School

Harvard Law School

Harvard School of Public Health

Harvard Business School

Harvard Graduate School of Education

The Arts

Library Collections