Institute of African Studies at Columbia University

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About Us

The Institute of African Studies is Columbia University's central forum and resource for African-centered academic research, program development, student advisement, and local, national, and international dialogue and action on Africa. Founded in 1959, the IAS prepares generations of Africa practioners for careers in development, diplomacy, business, governance, journalism, law, human rights, academic research and teaching.

Housed at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, through its many lecture-series, conferences, seminars, and workshops, the Institute provides a special forum for the coming together of distinguished Africanist faculty, scholars, and students, as well as for the broader community engaged in policy initiatives on Africa.