Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Envisioning the academy as a site of critical engagement for social transformation
IRAAS is an intellectual community that bridges scholarship, teaching, and public life. Our faculty employ an array of theoretical approaches and methodological strategies across a range of disciplines to examine historical and contemporary formations in black culture, politics, and society.
The Institute has a rich tradition of scholarship which capitalizes upon our unique location in New York City, especially the dynamic community of Harlem. The purposes and activities of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies are grounded within the best scholarship of the black intellectual tradition.