Director, African American Studies Program
April Langley joins the college as the director of African American Studies and as an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Dr. Langley earned her doctorate in English at the University of Notre Dame and has taught in higher education for two decades. Most recently, she served as chair of the Black Studies Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
As director of African American Studies, Langley leads the interdisciplinary program as it highlights the African American experience throughout history. Langley is particularly focused on showcasing how nuanced explorations of diverse and complex meanings invite questions and reconsiderations of knowledge too often taken for granted.
Langley looks forward to working with faculty and staff who are passionate about their students and their research.
“I know I will find a wonderful academic home at University of South Carolina and especially in the Department of African American Studies,” Langley says.
“I’m excited to be a part of the half century legacy of AFAM and all the meaningful work ahead of us.”