The Emerging Scholars Network of the African Studies Association


Membership Statement

The Emerging Scholars Network of the African Studies Association (ESNASA) is dedicated to meeting the needs of new and recently-graduated scholars who are members of the African Studies Association. We welcome current graduate students (both masters-level and doctorate-level), recent graduates (including but not limited to those seeking academic jobs), and early-career professionals (those who are still within 5 years of receipt of a terminal degree).

Mission Statement

The ASA Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) supports the innovative research and professional goals of graduate students and early-career members of the ASA by:
• Identifying shifting emerging scholars’ needs and exploring how the ASA and ESN can address those demands.
• Representing emerging scholars’ interests to the ASA board by sending a voting representative to all ASA board meetings.
• Organizing and moderating one or more information sessions, events, workshops, or professional development opportunities for ESN members.
• Enabling mentorship connections between established academics and professionals in the field and emergent scholars/practitioners.
• Advocating for greater inclusion of African and other international graduate students and early-career professionals through active engagement in activities and the promotion of their participation in events and training opportunities.
• Recruiting diverse new graduate students and early-career professionals into the membership to diversify the ESN network broadly for the benefit of intellectual exchange and career development.

If you would like to join the Emerging Scholars Network, please click on the box next to “Emerging Scholars Network of the ASA (ESNASA)” under the ASA Coordinate Organizations portion of your membership form.