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Murray Forman

Murray Forman - Music Affiliated Professor
Murray Forman - Music Affiliated Professor

Murray Forman has written widely about popular music, age, and culture, and he is a pioneer in the field of hip-hop studies. His research has led to invitations to speak throughout the U.S. and in Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and the UK. He is also a founding editor of the Global Hip Hop Studies journal. Along with several prominent research awards and fellowships, in 2014-2015 he was an inaugural Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellow at Harvard University.


Research/Publications Highlights

  • 2023 Campbell, Mark V. and Murray Forman (eds.) Hip-Hop Archives: The Politics and Poetics of Knowledge Production. Bristol, UK: Intellect.
  • 2023 Forman, Murray, Mark Anthony Neal, and Regina N. Bradley (eds.). That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. 3rd edition, New York: Routledge.
  • 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


Communication Studies


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


  • 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

Research Focus

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

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)