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. "Ray Charles." African American National Biography. Ed. J Henry Louis Gates and E Higginbotham. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Neal, MA. "A Way Out of No Way: Jazz, Hip Hop and Black Social Improvisation." The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue. Ed. A Heble and D Fischlin. Wesleyan, 2004.

Neal, MA. "The Birth of New Blackness: The Family Stand’s Moon in Scorpio." Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock N’ Roll. Ed. KC Horse. Palgrave Macmillan, January 2004.

Neal, MA. "Aretha Franklin." African American National Biography. Ed. J Henry Louis Gates and E Higginbotham. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Neal, MA. "Just Another Nigga: Reflections on Black Masculinity and Middle Class Identity." Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men on Law, Justice and Life. Ed. J Asim. Harper Collins, November 2001.

Neal, MA. "Another Man is Beating My Time: Gender and Sexuality in Black Popular Music." American Popular Music: New Approaches to the 20th Century. Ed. R Rubin and J Melnick. University of Massachussetts Press, June 2001.

Neal, MA. "It Be's That Way's Sometimes 'Cause I Can't Control the Rhyme: Notes from the Post-Soul Intelligentsia." Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of New Black Literature. Ed. K Powell. John Wiley and Sons, November 2000.


Neal, MA. "If You Don’t Own the Masters…." Souls: a critical journal of Black politics, culture, and society 5.1 (Spring) (2003).

Neal, MA. "Crisis In Real Time (Digitized Remastered and MP3ed)." Journal of Popular Music Studies 14.1 (March 1, 2002): 7-10. Full Text

Neal, MA. "Keeping It Real: The Hip-Hop Generation on Campus." Commonquest Magazine 3.3 (Winter) (1998).

Neal, MA. "Trouble Man: The Art and Politics of Marvin Gaye." Western Journal of Black Studies 22.4 (Winter) (1998).

Neal, MA. "Sold Out On Soul: the Corporate Annexation of Black Popular Music." Journal of Popular Music and Society Fall (1997).

Neal, MA. "Niggas in Paris: Hip-Hop in Exile (Accepted)." Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture.