Graduate students pursue their degrees in departments allied with the Institute of African Studies, particularly the departments of Anthropology, Art History, French, English, History, and the Graduate Division of Religion.  Graduates have gone on to highly successful careers at some of the very best colleges and universities in the country: Yale, Princeton, Brown, Rutgers, and many, many others. Our graduates have published dozens of articles and award-winning books and have garnered the most prestigious awards in the country, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship.

Faculty and students convene together for the African Studies seminar, which is based on critical discussion of pre-circulated papers by visiting scholars and Emory faculty and students.

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D., you should contact faculty within discrete departments. You are also welcome to contact the Institute Director, Clifton Crais, at