Carnegie Mellon University


The Center for AfricanAmerican Urban Studies & the Economy

Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) is an interdisciplinary research center in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University that explores African American urban life from the transatlantic slave trade to recent times. Our speaker’s series, conferences, and postdoctoral fellowship program bring leading scholars of the black urban experience to CMU and the larger Pittsburgh metropolitan region. These efforts reinforce scholarly research, publications, and education on the African American experience in national and transnational perspective. Recent transnational projects include international conferences and publications on Global Black Power, the Global Ghetto, and African American Urban History from Past to Future Tense: The State of a Field. Integral to the center’s mission, however, is an abiding commitment to publications and public education programs on African Americans in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania, and the nation.

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