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Damon Sajnani

Assistant Professor

Professor Damon Sajnani in his studio

Ph.D., 2015, African American Studies, Northwestern University
M.A., 2011, African American Studies, Northwestern University
M.A., 2010, Political Science, University of Toronto
B.Sc., 2008, Political Science and Biology (Double Major), Philosophy (Minor), University of Toronto

Office: 1412 Van Hise Hall
Office Hours (Spring 2018): Mondays 3:45-5:45
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Teaching and Research Interests
Africana cultural studies; social and political theory; HipHop studies; critical race theory; cultural sociology; Africana philosophy; comparative race, racism and (post)colonialism; globalization and diaspora; stratification and intersectionality; Black power and civil rights; whiteness studies; critical ethnic studies


Peer-Reviewed Articles:

"Troubling the Trope of 'Rapper as Modern Griot.'” Journal of Pan-African Studies, vol.6, no.3, September 2013. 156-80.

"Rapping in the Light: American Africanism and Rap Minstrelsy." Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. December 11, 2014. 16:3-4, 303-329. 

"Remembering Monarchy, Forgetting Coloniality: The Elision of Race in Canadian Monarchy Abolition Debates." Canadian Ethnic Studies. Volume 47, Number 2, 2015, pp. 137-163.

Book Review:

Ntarangwi, Mwenda. East African Hip Hop: Youth Culture and Globalization. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009. Callaloo. Volume 38, Number 2, Spring 2015, pp. 418-421

Other Publications:

"Rachel/Racial Theory: Reverse Passing in the Curious Case of Rachel Dolezal." Transition Magazine at the Hutchins Center. June 13, 2015.

"HipHop’s Origins as Organic Decolonization." Decolonization, Indigeneity, Education & Society. April 2, 2015.

"Jay-Z is 1%, Not HipHop." Black Agenda Report. November 6, 2012.

Spring 2018 Courses

African 233: Global HipHop and Social Justice
African 405: The Problem of Whiteness

Fall 2017 Courses

African 220: Global HipHop: Youth Culture and Politics in Senegal
African 605: African Diaspora: Theories and Tropes INTL ST-310: Golden-Era HipHop: Diversity, Aesthetics, Politics

Previous Courses

African 605: The Black Radical Tradition
African 669: African HipHop and Politics

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Additional Links
Course Spotlight: Global HipHop and Social Justice
What Does 'African' Mean? An Interview with Damon Sajnani
New Faculty Spotlight: Damon Sajnani