Mark Anthony Neal

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 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.

Education & Training

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

  • M.A., Suny Coll Fredonia 1993

  • B.A., Suny Coll Fredonia 1987

Neal, MA. "Memory Lane: On Jazz, Hip-Hop and Fathers." Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas' Illmatic. Ed. ME Dyson and S Daulatzai. Basic Civitas, December 2009.

Neal, MA. "Music: Bodies in Pain." Best African American Essays, 2009. Ed. G Early and D Dickerson. Bantam Book, January 2009.

Neal, MA. "Sly Stone and the Sanctified Church." The Funk Era and Beyond: New Perspectives on Black Popular Culture. Ed. T Bolden. Palgrave Macmillan, August 2008.

Neal, MA. "White Chocolate: Teena Marie and Lewis Taylor." Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music. Ed. E Weisbard. Duke University Press, 2007.

Neal, M, Morgan, J, and Neal, MA. "A Brand New Feminism: A Conversation." Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. Ed. J CHang. Basic Press, 2007.

Neal, MA. "(Forward) "come and take a walk with me/a closer walk with thee/see what only I can see": A Few Words on Hip-Hop Feminism." Home Girls Make Some Noise!: Hip-hop Feminism Anthology. Ed. G Pough, R Raimist, E Richardson, and A Durham. Parker Publishing, 2007.

Neal, MA. "Bringing Up Daddy: A Progressive Black Masculine Fatherhood." Progressive Black Masculinities?. Ed. AD Mutua. Routledge, September 2006.

Neal, MA. "Post-Soul Resistance: Black Popular Music in the Post-Soul Era." African-American Music: A History. Ed. P Maultsby and MV Burnim. Routledge, October 2005. 704-704.

Neal, MA. "Soul for Sale: the Marketing of Black Musical Expression." R&B (Rhythm and Business): The Political Economy of Black Music. Ed. N Kelley. Akashic Books, 2005.

Neal, MA. "The Tortured Soul of Marvin Gaye and R. Kelly." Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004. Ed. M Hart. Da Capo Press, October 2004.


Andrady, AL, and Neal, MA. "Applications and societal benefits of plastics." Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364.1526 (July 27, 2009): 1977-1984. Full Text

Neal, MA. "Carrying the Water: On Michael Eric Dyson." Popmatters: A Journal of Global Culture (2007).

Neal, MA. "The Last Soul Brother: James Brown (1933-2006)." Popmatters: A Journal of Global Culture (2007).

Ashe, BD, Anderson, C, Neal, MA, Shockley, E, and Weheliye, A. "These-Are-the "Breaks": A Roundtable Discussion on Teaching the Post-Soul Aesthetic." AFRICAN AMERICAN REVIEW 41.4 (2007): 787-803. Full Text

Neal, MA. "Race-ing Katrina." Transforming Anthropology 14 (April 2006).

Neal, MA. "White Chocolate: Teena Marie and Lewis Taylor." Popular Music 24 (October 2005).

Neal, MA. "Up from Hustling: Power, Plantations and the Hip-Hop Mogul." Socialism and Democracy 26 18 (June 2004).