Mark Anthony Neal
  • Mark Anthony Neal

  • Professor
  • African & African American Studies
  • 243 Ernestine Friedl Bldg., Rm. F
  • Campus Box 90252
  • Phone: (919) 684-3987
  • Homepage
  • Secondary web page
  • 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

      • PhD,
      • American Studies,
      • State University of New York at Buffalo,
      • 1996
  • 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

      • Mark Anthony 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]
      • Mark Anthony Neal and Murray Forman (co-editors).
      • (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)
      • Mark Anthony Neal.
      • (June, 2003).
      • Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation.
      • Routledge (Taylor and Francis).
      • Mark Anthony Neal.
      • (March, 2002).
      • Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic.
      • Routledge (Taylor and Francis).
      • Mark Anthony 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
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      • [web]
      • Mark Anthony 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
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      • [web]
      • Mark Anthony Neal.
      • (October, 2004).
      • "The Tortured Soul of Marvin Gaye and R. Kelly".
      • In Mickey Hart (Eds.),
      • Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004
      • Da Capo Press.
      • Mark Anthony Neal.
      • (Spring, 2004).
      • "A Way Out of No Way: Jazz, Hip Hop and Black Social Improvisation".
      • In Ajay Heble and Daniel Fischlin (Eds.),
      • The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue
      • Wesleyan.
      • Mark Anthony Neal.
      • (January 3, 2004).
      • The Birth of New Blackness: The Family Stand's Moon in Scorpio.
      • In Kandia Crazy 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
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      • [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 335.01
      • HISTORY OF HIP-HOP
      • White 107
      • W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
    • MUSIC 390.01
      • ADV SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC
      • Biddle 104
      • Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM