Hiphop Archive & Research Institute

The Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at Harvard University was officially established in 2002. It found its permanent home in the Du Bois Institute January 2008. The Hiphop Archive & Research Institute’s mission is to facilitate and encourage the pursuit of knowledge, art, culture and responsible leadership through Hiphop. We are uncompromising in our commitment to build and support intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that both reflects the rigor and achievement of performance in Hiphop and transforms our thinking and our lives. These objectives are met through our Website: which provides information about all activities and projects and serves as a resource for those interested in knowing, developing, building, maintaining and representing Hiphop. The Hiphop Archive & Research Institute works with other groups and individuals who support hiphop culture. We also sponsor and facilitate projects, events and numerous other activities at the Hiphop Archive @ The Hutchins Center, Harvard University.

Scholars interested in applying for the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship can find application information here.


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Harry Allen

Harry Allen, Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin, has written about race, politics, and culture for nearly thirty years, in such publications as VIBE, The Source, The Village Voice, The New York Daily News, and others. As an expert covering hip-hop culture, he's been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on National Public Radio, MTV, VH-1, CNN, the BBC, and other information channels.

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Regina N. Bradley

Regina N. Bradley is Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University. She earned her doctorate in African American Literature from Florida State University, a Masters in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University Bloomington, and is a third generation graduate from the Unsinkable Albany State University (GA). Dr. Bradley writes about post-Civil Rights African American literature, the contemporary Black American South, pop culture, race and sound, and Hip Hop.

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Damon Burchell-Sajnani

Damon Sajnani aka“” (pronounced Professor D dot U.S.) is an accomplished HipHop artist and a Ph.D candidate in African American Studies at Northwestern University. As leader of The Dope Poet Society, one of Canada’s top selling independent HipHop acts, he has toured worldwide and released four critically acclaimed CDs, including his latest, “THIRD WORLD WARriors.” His writing and research concerns race, neo/colonialism, geopolitics, and popular culture.

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Christopher Emdin

Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

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Dawn-Elissa Fischer

Dawn-Elissa Fischer is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. Her publications reflect her research and activism. Dr. Fischer has served in an advisory role for a number of policy councils. She co-founded and continues to work with community based social justice and creative arts organizations, such as the Bay Area Hip Hop Research and Scholarship initiative. Dr. Fischer serves as an Associate Editor for FIRE!!! The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies.


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Murray Forman

Murray Forman is Professor of Media & Screen Studies at Northeastern University.  He is the author of One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television (Duke, 2012) and co-author with alumnus fellow Mark Anthony Neal of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge, 2011)

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Tahir Hemphill

Tahir Hemphill is an award-winning creative director, multimedia artist and creative researcher. Hemphill’s process explores the vicinity between the profound and the profane, between art and science.

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John Jennings

John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Art and Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo-State University of New York.  His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning nominated essay collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and co-founder/organizer of The Schomburg Center's Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem.

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Bettina L. Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and social justice. She also concentrates on transforming urban classrooms through the use of non-traditional educational curricula and classroom structures. Recently, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Center at Harvard University.

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Christopher "Dasan Ahanu" Massenburg

Dasan Ahanu is a artist, educator, and organizer living in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to performing, Dasan has hosted or coordinated many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events. He has founded cultural and performing arts organizations in North Carolina. He has been featured on national radio and TV and has published two books of poetry.  He has also released a number of Hip Hop and Spokenword recordings.

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Theodore Miller

Theodore Miller is an American lawyer and entrepreneur. He is currently on leave as the managing member and general counsel of Mid-City Capital, a real estate acquisition and development company of urban infill commercial real estate in Southern California.

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Mark Anthony Neal

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University where he was the 2010 Winner of the Robert B. Cox Teaching Award. The author of several books including the recently published Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (NYU Press, 2013), Neal is also the co-editor of the acclaimed That’s the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge), now in its second edition. Neal is the host of the weekly webcast Left of Black, which is produced in conjunction with the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdiciplinary and International Studies at Duke.

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Jaqueline Santos

Jaqueline Lima Santos earned a B.A. in Social Sciences by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) of Campinas and Master's Degree of Social Science in Anthropology at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Her subjects of interest and research are hip-hop culture, the Black movement, Black women, and identity and memory in the African diaspora.

She is a member of the Black People Center for Research and Extension (NUPE) and the Anthropological Focus Group.

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Joycelyn Wilson

Joycelyn A. Wilson is an educational anthropologist and qualitative research methodologist. Her most recent appointment was at Morehouse College as a Scholar of Hip-Hop Studies in the African American Studies program. She is the founder of The Lead Network, Inc., and directs its flagship program, The HipHop2020 Curriculum Project ( Dr. Wilson began her career as a high school Algebra teacher, and has since made the world her classroom as a journalist, professor, and documentary film producer.

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9th Wonder

Born Patrick Denard Douthit in Winston-Salem, NC, 9th Wonder is a Grammy Award Winning Producer, DJ, College Lecturer, and Social Activist. Since his introduction to hip-hop in 1982, 9th has been immersed in the music and culture of the art form, while gaining experience in music theory throughout middle and high school. 9th attended North Carolina Central University, where he decided to pursue a career in music. "Hip- Hop is the voice of at least 2 generations”, 9th says.

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The primary aim of the Bibliography is to present references for Hiphop scholarship. We focus on work that includes pivotal theories as well as research methods and methodology. Search our listings here.

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