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Mark Anthony Neal, Professor

Mark Anthony Neal
Contact Info:
Office Location:  243 Ernestine Friedl Bldg., Rm. F
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3987
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • AAAS 290S.02, SPECIAL TOPCS Synopsis
    Friedl Bdg 105, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as LIT 390S.05)
    White 107, MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM
    (also cross-listed as VMS 230.01)

PhDState University of New York at Buffalo1996

Cultural Studies
African-American Literature
Research Interests:

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.


Black Cultural Studies • Black Masculinity • Black Popular Culture • Black Popular Music

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Matthew Sommoroff  
  • Micah Gilmer  
  • Jenny Woodruff  
  • Jeremy Smith  
  • Alisha Gaines  
  • Bianca Robinson  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Mark Anthony Neal, New Black Man (April, 2005), 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;.) [resources.asp]
  2. Mark Anthony Neal and Murray Forman (co-editors), That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (September, 2004), Routledge (Reviews: The Boston Globe October 7, 2004 cles/2004/10/07/scholars_capture_essence_of_ hip_hop/ The Dallas Morning News November 26, 2004 fea/entertainment/stories/112704dnlivbooks.3 f7fd.html.)
  3. Mark Anthony Neal, Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (June, 2003), Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
  4. Mark Anthony Neal, Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (March, 2002), Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
  5. Mark Anthony Neal, What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (October, 1998), Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
  6. Mark Anthony Neal, Freedom Summer Remembered: A Conversation with Denise Nicholas, THE BACKLIST—A PUBLISHING AND LITERARY NEWSLETTER OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN INTEREST (October, 2005) [html]
  7. Mark Anthony Neal, "White Chocolate: Teena Marie and Lewis Taylor", POPULAR MUSIC, vol. 24 no. 3 (October, 2005), Cambridge
  8. Mark Anthony Neal, "Rhythm and Bullshit: The Slow Decline of R&B (Rhythm and Blues)", ALTERNET.ORG (July 8, 2005) [available here]
  9. Mark Anthony Neal, "The Tortured Soul of Marvin Gaye and R. Kelly", in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004, edited by Mickey Hart (October, 2004), Da Capo Press
  10. Mark Anthony Neal, "A Way Out of No Way: Jazz, Hip Hop and Black Social Improvisation", in The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue, edited by Ajay Heble and Daniel Fischlin (Spring, 2004), Wesleyan
  11. Mark Anthony Neal, The Birth of New Blackness: The Family Stand's Moon in Scorpio, in Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock N' Roll, edited by Kandia Crazy Horse (January 3, 2004), Palgrave Macmillan
  12. Mark Anthony Neal, It's Your Nigger Problem, Not Hip-Hop's, BLACK AGENDA REPORT (December 6, 2006) [php]
Conferences Organized

  • Black Thought 2.0: New Media and the Future of Black Studies, Curator, April 6-7, 2012  

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