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African American Public Humanities Initiative

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Painted portrait of the artist looking at his reflection in a mirror

Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr., Self-Portrait, ca. 1941, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Photograph provided by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,

The Department of Art History is part of the African American Public Humanities Initiative (AAPHI) at the University of Delaware. AAPHI is an interdisciplinary initiative that provides financial support and scholarly collaboration for African American/Africana studies with an emphasis on public scholarship, community outreach, collections-based research, and digital humanities. Benefits of the AAPHI include fully-funded 5-year tuition and stipend and additional funding for summer research/internships and professional development. After you have applied to the Ph.D. program in Art History you can be considered for AAPHI.

The Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Delaware provides study in the history of art from ancient to modern times, with special concentrations in Western European and American art. Special Collections and Museums, which includes the Paul R. Jones Collection in African American art, enables students to study original works of art and organize special exhibitions. Students also have access to a robust network of internships in institutions beyond the University of Delaware. Graduate students in the department organize an annual lecture series and have an opportunity to present their research in the department's annual graduate symposium, as well as at graduate symposia at the National Gallery of Art and the Barnes Foundation.

Art History faculty with expertise in African American art, art of the African diasporas, and the history of slavery teach graduate courses on the material culture of slavery, race in museums, and modern and contemporary African and African American art.  For a complete list of current courses please visit our Graduate Courses page, and meet our faculty here.

For more information visit the African American Public Humanities Initiative website.

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  • Department of Art History
  • University of Delaware
  • 318 Old College
  • Newark, DE 19716 USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8415