Mark A. Neal
  • Mark A. Neal

  • Professor
  • African & African American Studies
  • Science Building, 243F, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90252
  • Phone: (919) 684-3987
  • Homepage
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  • Overview

    Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies and the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance Tradition, and The History of Hip-Hop, which he co-teaches with Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit).


    He is the author of several books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1999), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002) and Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (2013).  The 10th Anniversary edition of Neal’s New Black Man was published in February of 2015 by Routledge. Neal is co-editor of That's the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge), now in its second edition. Additionally Neal host of the video webcast Left of Black, which is produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke. You can follow him on Twitter at @NewBlackMan.

  • Specialties

    • Cultural Studies
    • African-American Literature
  • Research Description

    I am engaged in interdisciplinary scholarly work in the fields of African-American, Cultural, and Gender Studies that draws upon modes of inquiry informed by the fields of literary theory, urban sociology, social history, postmodern philosophy, Queer theory and most notably popular culture. My broad project is to interrogate popular culture--music, television, film, and literature--produced within the context of Afro-diasporic expressive cultures. It is my belief that popular culture represents an arena of knowledge that has a profound impact on societal and cultural norms in the United States and globally, but one that has been largely underscrutinized as a "serious" site of scholarly and theoretical study. It is also my belief that commercial popular culture represents a distinct site of ideological production, thus my own work aims to engage the ideological undercurrents within commercial popular culture particularly within the context of race, gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity.
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • American Studies,
      • State University of New York at Buffalo,
      • 1996
      • M.A.,
      • Suny Coll Fredonia,
      • 1993
      • B.A.,
      • Suny Coll Fredonia,
      • 1987
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Hip-Hop Scholar of the Year,
      • Words, Beats and Life Foundation,
      • July, 2012
      • Robert B Cox Teaching Award,
      • Duke University (Trinity),
      • April, 2010
  • Selected Publications

      • MA Neal.
      • (April, 2005).
      • New Black Man.
      • Routledge.
      • (Reviews: The Washington Post, May 22, 2005; Chicago Sun-Times, May 29, 2005; Free Inquiry, August/September 2005, 55; Journal of American Culture, December 2005, Vol. 28 Issue 4, 448-449;)
      • [web]
      • Neal, MA; Forman, M.
      • (September, 2004).
      • That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader.
      • Routledge.
      • (Reviews: The Boston Globe October 7, 2004 http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/arti cles/2004/10/07/scholars_capture_essence_of_ hip_hop/ The Dallas Morning News November 26, 2004 http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/ fea/entertainment/stories/112704dnlivbooks.3 f7fd.html)
      • MA Neal.
      • (June, 2003).
      • Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation.
      • Routledge (Taylor and Francis).
      • Neal, MA.
      • (March, 2002).
      • Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic.
      • Routledge (Taylor and Francis).
      • MA Neal.
      • (October, 1998).
      • What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture.
      • Routledge (Taylor and Francis).
      • Mark Anthony Neal.
      • (October, 2005).
      • Freedom Summer Remembered: A Conversation with Denise Nicholas.
      • THE BACKLIST—A PUBLISHING AND LITERARY NEWSLETTER OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN INTEREST
      • .
      • [web]
      • MA Neal.
      • (October, 2005).
      • White Chocolate: Teena Marie and Lewis Taylor.
      • Popular Music
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      • Cambridge.
      • Mark Anthony Neal.
      • (July 8, 2005).
      • "Rhythm and Bullshit: The Slow Decline of R&B (Rhythm and Blues)".
      • ALTERNET.ORG
      • .
      • [web]
      • MA Neal.
      • (October, 2004).
      • The Tortured Soul of Marvin Gaye and R. Kelly.
      • manual
      • M Hart (Eds.),
      • Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004
      • Da Capo Press.
      • MA Neal.
      • (Spring, 2004).
      • A Way Out of No Way: Jazz, Hip Hop and Black Social Improvisation.
      • manual
      • A Heble and D Fischlin (Eds.),
      • The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue
      • Wesleyan.
      • MA Neal.
      • (January 3, 2004).
      • The Birth of New Blackness: The Family Stand’s Moon in Scorpio.
      • manual
      • KC Horse (Eds.),
      • Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock N’ Roll
      • Palgrave Macmillan.
      • Mark Anthony Neal.
      • (December 6, 2006).
      • It's Your Nigger Problem, Not Hip-Hop's.
      • BLACK AGENDA REPORT
      • .
      • [web]
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  • PhD Students

    • Matthew Sommoroff
      • 2007 - present
    • Micah Gilmer
      • 2006 - 2009
    • Jenny Woodruff
      • 2006 - 2009
    • Jeremy Smith
      • 2005-2009
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Alisha Gaines
      • 2005-2009
    • Bianca Robinson
      • 2004 - 2009
      • Status: PostPrelim
  • Teaching

    • AAAS 290S.01
      • SPECIAL TOPCS
      • Perkins 070
      • MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    • AAAS 335.01
      • HISTORY OF HIP-HOP
      • White 107
      • W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM