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Murray Forman

Affiliated Professor

Murray Forman is author of The ‘Hood Comes First: Race, Space and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop (Wesleyan University Press, 2002) and Co-editor (with Mark Anthony Neal) of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge, 1st edition 2004; 2nd edition, 2012). He is also author of One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television (Duke University Press, 2012). He was an inaugural recipient of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at the Hip-Hop Archive, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University (2015).

Education

  • Ph.D. Communication Studies, McGill University (1997)

Awards

  • 2015 Nasir Jones Fellowship/Research Institute Resident Fellow, Hip-Hop Archive, W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University
  • 2013 Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) , Hannover Germany
  • 2003-2004 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • 2002 Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship
  • 1998 Research Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University

Courses Taught

  • Hip-Hop in and as Media (MSCR 2400)
  • Popular Music as Media Form (MSCR 3426)
  • Media Audiences (MSCR 3422)
  • Media History (MSCR 1420)

Research/Publications Highlights

2012 Forman, Murray. 2012. One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

2012 Forman, Murray and Mark Anthony Neal (eds.). That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. 2nd edition, New York: Routledge.

2004 Forman, Murray and Mark Anthony Neal (eds.). That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. 1st Edition. New York: Routledge.

2002 Forman, Murray. 2002. The ‘Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

Professional Affiliations

Member: International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)

Journal Board member:
Journal of Popular Music Studies
Journal of World Popular Music
Music and the Moving Image
Popular Music
Souls: Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society
Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University
Advisory Board Member, Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Research Interests

  • Critical age studies
  • Hip-Hop history and culture
  • Popular music
  • Popular music; culture and society

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