Director's Statement

If you’re looking at this page, you’re seeing the new look of our redesigned website. This website offers an opportunity to explore the vision and projects of the CBSR’s scholars, its publications, and its work in communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Portrait of Sharon Tettegah

The CBSR began in Fall 1969 as a result of student struggles for Black Studies in Fall 1968. From the onset, the Center’s mission has been to support interdisciplinary research on the social, political, historical, cultural, and economic experiences of communities in the United States and the African Diaspora. The Center’s publishing arm produces two journals. The CBSR’s focus on engaged scholarship is exemplified in  Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies  (Vilna Bashi Treitler and George Lipsitz, co-editors), which connects antisubordination scholarship to the ideas, experiences, archives, and imaginaries of organic intellectuals, activists, and artists from aggrieved communities. The Journal of Haitian Studies (Claudine Michel, editor) is the flagship journal in the field of Haitian Studies and the journal of the Haitian Studies Association.

The CBSR is recognized for its public programming focused on structural racism, especially connecting scholarly knowledge of history, race, and critical studies with social justice issues. Our small research units organize symposiums, guest lectures, workshops, mentoring and collaborative projects.

The CBSR centers issues affecting Black communities through the lens of intersectional justice. Black Studies in California and beyond is structured by specific histories that require a relational or comparative approach, framing racial studies in a broader context of systems of oppression impacting multiple groups and across multiple categories of difference. As we witness the growth of digital studies, social movements protesting state violence, unnatural environmental disasters, and racial and gender oppression, the CBSR’s work of critical studies and community engagement takes on a particular urgency.

I am very excited about the role that CBSR’s future projects will play in the development and support of new research projects and the impacts the projects will have on Black communities in the Diaspora.

If you are currently a faculty, graduate or undergraduate student, please reach out to us at CBSR to learn more about our research fellowship opportunities and projects.

Sharon Tettegah