Africana studies prepares college graduates to succeed in a rapidly shrinking and globalizing world of international relations. Africana studies exposes students to problems, theories, and issues surrounding the study of cultures of both the modern and the pre-Columbian African Diaspora. These cultures include those of the African continent, Latin America, the Caribbean and the ancient African encounters with Asia and Europe. The Africana Studies and Research Program at Rutgers Camden allows students to prepare for advanced professional careers in Diplomatic Service, Law, Urban Studies, Politics, Social Service, Education and the Humanties. In addition, the Africana Studies degree will give the student a direct link to both the research and writing skills necessary for advancement in any profession. Africana studies majors have the flexibility to tailor their selection of classes to meet both their personal and professional needs. As an Africana Studies major you will join an elite club of some of America’s professionally most successful lawyers, teachers, researchers, writers, and others from a wide range of professions. With its wide selection of courses in sociology, history, political science, and criminal justice, our program provides a direct pathway to law school. Students also minor in Africana Studies as a way to focus and make relevant their major area. For example English majors who minor in Africana have the opportunity to study the writers of the famous Harlem Renaissance, something they might not otherwise do. Whether you major or minor in Africana Studies and Research, you will be prepared to face a rapidly changing world and shrinking international professional environment.
Here are a few of the many Africana Studies success stories which demonstrate clearly, the level of professional achievement possible with a degree in Africana Studies & Research from Rutgers Camden. The following list was compiled by Robert Filkes Jr. as an example of the many successes
Makilah James, United States Ambassador to Swaziland, (Appointed by President Barak Obama) B.A. Africana Studies and Research, Cornell University Graduate, Columbia Law School Graduate.
Abimbola S. Bamgboye…….Attorney. Associate in the Park Avenue firm of WilmeHale, representing clients in hedge funds and institutional investors. B.A., SUNY-Binghamton. J.D., American University.
Felicia A. Bowen…….Associate in the law firm of Donoghue, Thomas, Auslander &
Drohan. Recipient, West Publishing Award for Clinical Achievement in Consumer Law.
B.A., Wesleyan University. J.D., George Washington University
Erin Dozier…….Associate General Counsel at the National Association of Broadcasters.
B.A., Hampshire College. J.D., George Washington University
Karen Freeman-Wilson…….President and CEO of the National Association of Drug
Court Professionals (NADCP). A former drug court judge in Gary, Indiana and former
Attorney General for the state of Indiana.
B.A., Harvard University. J.D., Harvard University.
Wesley Fields…….General Counsel for the Kansas City Tax Increment Finance
Commission. Partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP
B.A., Yale University. J.D., University of Virginia.
Sarah Goldfrank…….Attorney with the firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLC in
Washington, D.C. Focuses on consumer litigation.
B.A., Smith College (Phi Beta Kappa). J.D., Georgetown University.
Tanya Greene…….An attorney in the Capital Defender Office in New York City
representing people charged with capital crimes. Received the 1999 Reebok International
Human Rights Award for her work against the death penalty.
B.A., Wesleyan University. J.D., Harvard University.
Leslie Harris…….Judge. Suffolk (Massachusetts) Juvenile Court judge.
M.A., Boston University, 1994. J.D., Boston College.
Latonia Early-Hubelbank…….Attorney. Specializes in matrimonial, family, and
adoption law in the firm of Cohn, Steinberg, Goldstein & Early-Hubelbank in New York.
B.A., Princeton University. J.D., Hofstra University.
Monica Little…….Assistant Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
B.A., University of Washington. J.D., Northwest Law School.
Jennifer Madden…….Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County, California.
B.A., University of California-Berkeley. J.D., University of California-Berkeley.
Peter Paris…….Assistant Chief Investigator in the Office of Police Complaints in
Washington, D.C. Former Boston police officer and varsity lacrosse player at Harvard
B.A., Wesleyan University. J.D., Stanford University.
Richard W. Roberts…….Judge. Appointed In 1998 appointed By President Clinton to
the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He had previously worked in the
Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
B.A., cum laude, Vassar College. J.D., Columbia University.
Loriani Santos…….Attorney specializing in commercial litigation in the firm of DLA
Piper (San Francisco office). Former Treasurer of La Raza Law Student Association.
B.A., Wellesley College. University of California at Berkeley.
Peggie Smith…….Professor of Law at the University of Iowa. Was editor-in-chief of
the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. Teaches contracts, employment relationships, and
B.A., Yale University. M.A., J.D., Yale University
Medicine & Health
Johnnie Allen…….President of the Board of Directors of Health Promotion and
B.A., B.S., The College of Wooster. MPH, Tulane University.
Megan L. Comfort…….Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Center for AIDS
Prevention Studies, University of California at San Francisco.
B.A., Wellesley College. Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science.
Richard Lyn-Cook…….Physician. Co-authored article in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Co-president of his medical school class and active in social and professional groups.
B.A., Yale University, 1992. M.D., Yale Medical School.
William E. Dingus…….Dentist. Board certified specialist in orthodontics in private
practice in Cleveland, Ohio.
B.A., University of Washington, 1979. D.M.D., University of Pennsylvania. Nonkulie Dladla…….Doctor of Internal Medicine. Concord Medical Group.
B.A., Oberlin College. M.D. Cornell University.
Michael V. Drake…….Doctor of Ophthalmology. Chancellor of the University of
California at Irvine.
A.B., Stanford University. M.D., University of California at San Francisco.
Billy Ray Flowers…….Chiropractor. First black chiropractor in the state of Oregon