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Damon Sajnani

Assistant Professor

Professor Damon Sajnani in his studio

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 2017 Courses

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

Fall 2016 Courses

African 220: Global HipHop: Youth Culture and Politics in Senegal
African 605: The Black Radical Tradition

Previous Courses

African 669: African HipHop and Politics
African 901: African Diaspora: Theories and Tropes

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