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Welcome to the African Studies Program at the University of Washington

The African Studies Program (ASP) at the University of Washington is an interdisciplinary program, fostering a better understanding of the African continent and its diaspora. Bringing together faculty from every UW location (Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell), students are invited to take classes from a variety of disciplines. We offer a minor for undergraduate students. Click here to view the requirements for the minor and click here to see the course list for approved minor courses. We are very flexible in accepting credits towards the minor, encouraging students to engage in internships and study abroad programs that are associated with Africa.

We also foster an academic community for graduate students through our African Studies Colloquium, led by Mary Kay Gugerty, Professor of Public Affairs, which takes place 2-3 times per quarter. If you are interested to learn more about the colloquium, please email

We welcome you to join our community and further your interest in Africa by connecting with others at the University of Washington that are committed to African areas of study.

The African Studies Program remembers Nelson Mandela

The African Studies Program and the Jackson School of International Studies join the world in mourning the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Mandela will be remembered as one of the towering figures of the 20th century. An activist, soldier and intellectual who survived tuberculosis and hard labor during 27 years of imprisonment, he led the African National Congress through constitutional negotiations to end the formal system of racial oppression known as apartheid. Mandela will be rightfully recognized for his role in negotiating a transition to democracy that avoided a civil war, and for crafting a future for South Africa that included all its citizens. South Africans will also remember him as a visionary who always yielded to the collective leadership of the anti-apartheid movement, and who understood his fate as inextricably tied to that of the South African people. Beyond South Africa’s borders, Mandela became an icon of liberation movements around the globe, as well as a forceful advocate of human rights. In the midst of the public remembrances over the coming days and weeks, we as educators call for people everywhere to search beyond the headlines to learn more about this remarkable and inspirational man, his history, and his political commitments, in order to understand not just his impact but also the ongoing struggles for justice to which he dedicated his life.

Seattle Times article: Nelson Mandela not defined by his ability to forgive.

written by Professor Ron Krabill, Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell and member of the UW African Studies Program. 

Latin American and Caribbean Studies and African Studies Programs Spring Garden Celebration. 06.10.2014


 If you have questions or comments for the African Studies Program, please contact: Muge Salmaner, ASP Program Assistant at 206.616.0998 or

African Studies Student Office Hours

Spring 2014 Office Hours:

Monday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please e-mail Thank you.


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African Studies Program
University of Washington
419 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Ben Gardner / Chair
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

Harry Murphy
ASP Librarian