Damon Sajnani

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: sajnani@african.wisc.edu

1412 Van Hise


Dr. Damon Sajnani is a HipHop polymath whose interdisciplinary scholarship seeks innovation through the complementary development of its artistic, activist, and academic dimensions. His research concerns the theory and practice of counterhegemonic struggle at the nexus of culture and politics in comparative global context with particular attention to intersectional resistance against race, class, gender, and national oppressions, and epistemological and socio-historical grounding in Africana critical theory and the Black radical tradition. The work bridges social science and the humanities conceptually and methodologically through comparative analysis of extended ethnographic case studies, close readings of cultural texts, and macro-data analysis, as well as participant-observation in artistic and activist communities and the production and autoethnographic analysis of original creative works. He is Harvard’s inaugural Nasir Jones Fellow, and assistant professor of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has released several critically acclaimed albums under the moniker, “Professor D,” and authored numerous chapters and articles on global HipHop and social justice. His tenure manuscript in preparation is The African HipHop Movement: Youth Culture and Democracy in Senegal.


  • PhD (2015) African American Studies, Northwestern University
  • MA (2011) African American Studies, Northwestern University
  • MA (2010) Political Science, University of Toronto
  • BSc (2008) Political Science and Biology, Philosophy (Minor), University of Toronto


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

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