Dear ASA members,

After a long, bitter electoral campaign in the United States, we will have much to consider and discuss at our upcoming annual meeting about the future of African studies.

As leaders of the African Studies Association, we reaffirm the ASA’s mission to support the dissemination of knowledge about Africa and to understand the continent in all its many and complex facets. We remain fully committed to our core values of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, values that we believe are shared by the majority of Americans.  We will do everything in our power to defend those values with respect to our members and the African diaspora in the United States. In this endeavor, we welcome the input and energy of ASA members.

As a beginning, the ASA will be hosting several events at our annual meeting in DC to explore the future of US foreign policy towards Africa, the treatment of African immigrants, and support for educational initiatives in Africa by the new administration in the coming years. Information about these events will follow soon.

Yours in solidarity,

Dorothy Hodgson, President
Anne Pitcher, Vice President
Toyin Falola, Past President
Suzanne Moyer Baazet, Executive Director