About

The Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 10,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes:

In addition to the core reference works included in the site, the Oxford African American Studies Center draws on key resources from other reference titles included in Oxford University Press's first-rate reference program.


What's New

In late January 2020, the African American Studies Center relaunched on a new site, with mobile-responsive design, various saving and sharing features, improved accessibility for impaired users, and better stability and technical support. For more information, visit What's Changed, Help, FAQ, and Customer Services, or Contact Us.


Editor in Chief

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

Read Dr. Gates's Letter from the Editor


Advisory Board

Ira Berlin, University of Maryland

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, University of Pennsylvania

Paul Finkelman, University of Tulsa College of Law

Trudier Harris, University of North Carolina Darlene

Clark Hine, Northwestern University

Graham Russell Gao Hodges, Colgate University Valerie Smith, Princeton University

Find out more about the Editorial Advisors


Library Advisory Board

Emily Belcher, General and Humanities Reference Librarian, Princeton University

Nicole Cooke, Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor, Montclair State University

Janice Franklin, Director, Library Media, Alabama State University

Joyce Henderson, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Prince George's County, Maryland

Linda Johnson-Towles, Consultant, Instructional Technology and Media Services, Standards and Assessment, Hamilton County Educational Service Center, Ohio

Jane Keeton, Acquisitions Department Head, Birmingham Public Library, Alabama

James Mouw, Assistant Director for Technical and Electronic Services, The University of Chicago

Janice Sikes, Auburn Avenue Research Library, African American Culture and History, Atlanta Fulton County Library System, Georgia


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