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Tricia Rose

Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

Tricia Rose (Ph.D, Brown University, American Civilization, 1993) is Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. She specializes in 20th century African-American culture and politics, social history, popular culture, gender and sexuality. In addition to her scholarly interest in black cultural production, the role of new technologies and ideologies about race in U.S. life, and the politics of intimacy and social justice, a central facet of her work reflects a deep interest in examining the current legacies of racial and other forms of structural relations and exploring the creative and visionary strategies developed by artists, communities and movements to build a more just society.

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Committee on Research Faculty Research Grant, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003-2004
  • Top Books of the 20th Century, Black Issues in Higher Education, 1999 for Black Noise
  • Golden Dozens Teaching Award, New York University, May 1998
  • Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1996-1997
  • American Association of University Women Fellowship, 1996-1997 (declined)
  • Goddard Fellowship, New York University, Fall, 1996
  • American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation, 1995 for Black Noise
  • Princeton University Afro-American Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 1993-1994
  • Charles G. Bolin Fellowship, Williams College July 1990- July 1991

Selected Publications:


  • The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why It Matters, Basic Civitas, 2008.
  • Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
  • Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, Wesleyan University Press, 1994.
  • Microphone Fiends: Youth Music and Culture, edited by Andrew Ross and Tricia Rose, Routledge, 1994.


  • Foreword to Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Global Performance and Popular Culture, edited by Harry Elam, Jr. and Kennel Jackson, University of Michigan Press, 2006.
  • Review of Kimberley Springer, Living For the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980, Women's Review of Books, September 2006.
  • Review of Bob Herbert, Promises Betrayed: Waking Up From the American Dream, The Crisis Magazine, May/June 2005.
  • "Race, Sex and Stigmas," New York Times, March 1, 2003.
  • "The Hip Hop Summit," Crisis Magazine, September 2001.
  • "'Whose Story is it Anyway?': Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson as Love Story?" Essence, February 2001.
  • "Two Inches or a Yard: Censoring Black Women's Sexual Expression," in Ella Shohat ed., Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age, MIT Press, 1999.
  • Review of William Julius Wilson, The Bridge Over the Racial Divide, Boston Book Review, December 1999.
  • "Fighting Intellectual Containment" review of Patricia Hill-Collins Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice, Boston Book Review, December 1998.
  • "Race, Class and the Pleasure/Danger Dialectic: Rewriting Black Female Teenage Sexuality in the Popular Imagination," in Elizabeth Long ed., Sociology of Culture, Blackwell Press, 1998.
  • "Cultural Survivalisms and Marketplace Subversions: Black Popular Culture and Politics into the 21st Century," in Joseph Adjaye ed., Language, Rhythm and Sound: Black Popular Cultures into the 21st Century, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997.
  • "In the Land of Strawberry Blondes," One World Magazine, December 1997.
  • "Rap Music and the Demonizing of Young Black Men," Black Male Catalogue, Whitney Museum, 1994.
  • "Black Texts/Black Contexts," in Gina Dent, ed., Black Popular Culture Bay Press, 1993.

Courses Taught

  • 20th Century Black Feminist Thought in Theory and Practice
  • Hip Hop Culture and the Politics of the Popular
  • Pro-Seminar in Black Culture and History
  • African-American Life in the City
  • Post WWII Black Popular Culture & Music
  • Colloquium in American Cultural Politics
  • Black Music, Literature and Life in 20th Century America
  • Writing about Race in the Post Civil Rights Era
  • Introduction to Black Urban Studies
  • Race, Gender and Sexuality in U.S. History
  • 20th Century Black Feminist Thought in Theory and Practice
  • African American History 1865- Present
  • The 20th Century American City
  • Popular Culture in Post WWII America
  • Framing Gender, Race & Class on TV