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AADSRC History

The History of African American and Diaspora Studies
at Vanderbilt University

1969                        Afro-American Studies Program listed in academic bulletin; founded as a 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

20042012             Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting, Director

20052006             Program changes name to African American and Diaspora Studies

20112012             Program adds Research Center and founds journal, Palimpsest

20122014             Victor Anderson, Director

20142017              Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting, Director

2014                         Research Center is renamed Callie House

                                 Research Center for the Study of Global Black

                                 Culture and Politics

2017-                        David Ikard, Director