African Studies Association

Encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa. Aims to cultivate a better understanding of Africa through fostering networks and providing capacity-building for research and publications in African institutes of higher education.

The African Studies Association (ASA) is the world’s premier source of scholarly and professional expertise about Africa. Founded in 1957, our mission is to bring together people with scholarly and professional interests in Africa. We publish research in African studies and provide expertise and support to the Africanist community, including the general public and the media. We also recognize outstanding contributions to the field through awards and prizes. Among our endeavors:

  • African Studies Review, a journal that publishes original research and analyses of Africa and book reviews, encourages scholarly debates across disciplines. History in Africa brings attention to the role of theory and non-historical data in historical investigation.
  • The African Studies Association’s Annual Meeting is an intense, four-day immersion in interdisciplinary scholarship and professional work by some of the finest minds in the world. The meeting’s exhibit hall is a wealth of Africa-related books, materials, and films. The congenial atmosphere provides opportunity for advancing a publishing career, exploring job prospects, or locating funding sources related to African studies.
  • The Association recognizes excellence in scholarship and professional contributions to African studies through a number of awards. The ASA Distinguished Africanist Award honors individuals who have contributed a lifetime record of outstanding scholarship in their respective field of African studies and service to the Africanist community. The Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola Lecture provides for an Annual Meeting lecture by an African who is distinguished in his or her field.

Contact Information

African Studies Association
Rutgers University
54 Joyce Kilmer Ave
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8045
T: (848) 445-8173
F: (848) 445-1366

Financial Information

African Studies Association is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner photo: Friends of African Village Libraries, Burkina Faso, Community Library of Bereba. Photo by Tiril Skarstein.
Photo: Ghanaian Chiefs inaugurate the first Africa Week in New York City at the 50th Anniversary Annual ASA Meeting, 2007

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A donation to the African Studies Association will help us undertake important new programs, including technology development, an expanded International Visitor Program, the African Higher Education Initiative, the African Higher Education Resource Directory, and the African e-Journals Project.

To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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