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  Mark A. NealProfessor of African and African American Studies and Women's Studies Program

Office Location:  Science Building, 243F, Durham, NC 27708
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Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Aaas 290s.02, Special topcs Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 105, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • Aaas 331.01, Black popular culture Synopsis
    White 107, MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM

  • Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo 1996
  • M.A. Suny Coll Fredonia 1993
  • B.A. Suny Coll Fredonia 1987


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.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Mark Anthony Neal and Murray Forman (co-editors). That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader.  Routledge, September, September, 2004. (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)
  2. Mark Anthony Neal. Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic.  Routledge (Taylor and Francis), March, March, 2002.