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AADSRC History

The History of African American and Diaspora Studies

1969 Afro-American Studies Program listed in academic bulletin; joint program between Vanderbilt, Fisk, and Scarritt Bennett Center; presided over by committee
1971–1975 Akbar Muhammad, Director
19751976 Robert C. Williams, Acting Director
19771978 Clement Cottingham, Director
19781985 Robert C. Williams, Director
19871994 Jimmie L. Franklin, Director
19901991 Program changes name to African American Studies
19941995 Lewis V. Baldwin, Director
19961998 Francis Dodoo, Director
1998-1999 Sheila Smith McCoy, Interim Director
1999-2000 Yolette Jones, Interim Director
20002003 Lucius T. Outlaw, Director
2003-2004 Beverly Moran, Interim Director
20042011 Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting, Director
20052006 Program changes name to African American and Diaspora Studies
20112012 Program adds Research Center and founds journal, Palimpsest
2011-2012 Tiffany Patterson, Interim Director
20122014 Victor Anderson, Director
20142017 Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting, Director
2014 Research Center named in honor of Callie House
2017-2018 David Ikard, Director (August 2017 - February 2018)
2018-2022 Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting, Chair, *Department of African American and Diaspora Studies
2022-present Tiffany R. Patterson, Chair

Hustler cover announcing Black Studies program