The Center for AfricanAmerican Urban Studies & the Economy
CAUSE is an interdisciplinary research center 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 Carnegie Mellon University 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.