Mark Anthony Neal

Mark Anthony Neal

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies

External Address: 
Science Building, 243F, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708-0252
(919) 684-3987


Mark Anthony Neal is Chair of the Department 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 also co-directs the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity (DCORE).

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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., State University of New York - Buffalo 1996

  • M.A., State University of New York, Fredonia 1993

  • B.A., State University of New York, Fredonia 1987

Neal, M. A. New black man: Tenth anniversary edition. 2015, pp. 1–194. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315761916. Full Text

Neal, M. A. Soul babies: Black popular culture and the post-soul aesthetic. 2013, pp. 1–210. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203950623. Full Text

Neal, M. A. Looking for Leroy: Illegible black masculinities. 2013, pp. 1–205.

Neal, M. A. What the music said black popular music and black public culture. 2013, pp. 1–198. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203700617. Full Text

Forman, ed Murray, and Mark Anthony Neal. That's the Joint: A Hip-Hop Studies Reader (2nd Edition). Routledge, 2011.

Neal, Mark Anthony. New Black Man. Routledge, 2005.

Neal, Mark Anthony, and Murray Forman. That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. Routledge, 2004.

Neal, Mark Anthony. Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation. Routledge (Taylor and Francis), 2003.

Neal, M. A. “The post-civil rights period: The politics of musical creativity.” Issues in African American Music: Power, Gender, Race, Representation, 2016, pp. 368–80. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315472096. Full Text

Neal, M. A. “Now I Ain't Saying He's a 'Crate Digger': Kanye West and the Soul Archive.” The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, edited by Julius Bailey, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Neal, M. A. “Now i ain’t saying he’s a Crate Digger: Kanye west, “community theaters” and the soul archive.” The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, 2014, pp. 3–12. Scopus, doi:10.1057/9781137395825. Full Text

Neal, M. A. “Underground to Harlem: Rumblings and clickety-clacks of diaspora.” Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem, 2013, pp. 415–19.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “Thinking While Black.” Making the University Matter, edited by Barbie Zelizer, Routledge, 2011.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “What Would Shirley Chisholm Say.” Who Should Be First? Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign, edited by Beverley Guy-Sheftall and Johnetta Betsch Cole, State University of New York Press, 2010.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “Digging in the Crates.” The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, edited by Trevor Schoonmaker, Duke University Press, 2010.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “"Bringing Up Daddy: A Black Feminist Fatherhood".” African-Americans Doing Feminism: Putting Theory Into Everyday Practice, edited by Aaronette M. White, State University of New York Press, 2010.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “Hip Hop Culture.” Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Culture, edited by Richard Carlin and Kinshasha Holman Conwill, 2010.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “The Chitlin Circuit.” Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Culture, edited by Richard Carlin and Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Smithsonian Books, 2010.


Johnson, J. M., and M. A. Neal. “Introduction: Wild seed in the machine.” Black Scholar, vol. 47, no. 3, July 2017, pp. 1–2. Scopus, doi:10.1080/00064246.2017.1329608. Full Text

Neal, M. A. “N*ggas in Paris: hip-hop in exile.” Social Identities, vol. 22, no. 2, Mar. 2016, pp. 150–59. Scopus, doi:10.1080/13504630.2015.1121571. Full Text

Spence, L. K., and M. A. Neal. “Guest Editors’ Note.” Souls, vol. 16, Jan. 2014, pp. 143–47. Scopus, doi:10.1080/10999949.2014.970460. Full Text

Neal, M. A. “Nigga: The 21st-century theoretical superhero.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 28, no. 3, Aug. 2013, pp. 556–63. Scopus, doi:10.1111/cuan.12025. Full Text

Neal, M. A. “"I Am Not Just From Here:" The Roots of Hip Hop's Cosmopolitanism: A Reflection on Isoke's "Women, Hip Hop and Cultural Resistance in Dubai".” Souls, vol. 15, no. 4, Jan. 2013, pp. 338–40. Scopus, doi:10.1080/10999949.2013.884450. Full Text

Neal, Mark Anthony. “Bearing Witness: Mahalia Jackson & The Sanctified Bounce (for Clyde Woods).” Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 2012.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “Pop Music and the Spatialization of Race in the 1990s.” History Now, vol. 32, 2012.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “Finding Tea Cake: An Imagined Black Feminist Manhood.” Palimpsest, edited by T Denean Sharpley-Whiting and Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers, vol. 1, SUNY Press, 2012, pp. 256–63.

Neal, M., and David Ikard. “Transforming Black Men in Feminism.” Palimpsest, edited by T Denean Sharpley-Whiting and Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers, vol. 1, SUNY Press, 2012.

Neal, M. A. “"A man without a country": The boundaries of legibility, social capital, and cosmopolitan masculinity.” Criticism, vol. 52, no. 3–4, Jan. 2010, pp. 399–411. Scopus, doi:10.1353/crt.2010.0045. Full Text


Neal, M. A. Left of Black weekly webcast. John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies & The Center for Arts, Digital Culture & Entrepreneurship.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “What’s the Real Reason for the Sudden Attacks on Hip-Hop?Vibe Magazine (On Line), 2007.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “Who Gets to Use the "N" Word.” Salon, 2007.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “Bloodbeats: Vol. 1 Demos, Remixes & Extended Versions (Redbone Press) by Ernest Hardy.” Seeingblack.Com, July 2006.

Perry, Imani. “Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip-Hop.” Aol Black Voices, Feb. 2005.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “Stand & Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip-Hop Culture (Soft Skull Press) by Yvonne Bynoe.” Popmatters: The Magazine of Global Culture, Aug. 2004.

Neal, Mark Anthony. “"Strange Bedfellows: Why is Michael Jackson allying himself with the Nation of Islam?".” The New Republic, Jan. 2004.