The Black World Studies program is a community of dedicated students, scholars, and teachers that continues to pursue exellence in research. With 6 core and 25 affiliate faculty members that represent numerous departments and span several of the university's academic divisions, students have access to a wide range of research opportunities.

Research Focus

Dr. Yvette R. Harris, Professor of Psychology, has explored the environmental contributions to cognitive development by examining the strategies that mothers use as they engage their children in a learning activity. Read more about Dr. Harris' research in the April 2014 press release Parenting and job skills most important to previously incarcerated mothers.

Listen to Dr. Harris discuss the forthcoming second edition of her book, The African American Child. In particular, Dr. Harris talks about the challenges faced by children of incarcerated parents. [March 2013]

The African American Child Video Transcript