Tricia Rose Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, Professor of Africana Studies, Director of Race and Ethnicity in America

Tricia Rose specializes in 20th century African-American culture and politics, social thought, popular culture and gender issues. She is the author of Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (1994) and Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy (2003). Black Noise won several awards including an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She has been awarded such prestigious fellowships ad the Princeton University's Afro-American Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellowship and the American Association of University Women Fellowship.

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why It Matters

"Cultural Survivalisms and Marketplace Subversions: Black Popular Culture and Politics into the 21st Century," in Joseph Adjaye ed., Language, Rhythm and Sound: Black Popular Cultures into the 21st Century, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997.

"Race, Class and the Pleasure/Danger Dialectic: Rewriting Black Female Teenage Sexuality in the Popular Imagination," in Elizabeth Long ed., Sociology of Culture, Blackwell Press, 1998.

Foreword to Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Global Performance and Popular Culture, edited by Harry Elam, Jr. and Kennel Jackson, University of Michigan Press, 2006.

Microphone Fiends: Youth Music and Culture, edited by Andrew Ross and Tricia Rose, Routledge, 1994.

Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, Wesleyan University Press, 1994.

Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.

"Two Inches or a Yard: Censoring Black Women's Sexual Expression," in Ella Shohat ed., Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age, MIT Press, 1999.

research overview

Professor Rose is primarily interested African-American culture and the social and political significance of its creation, dissemination and evaluation. She is also interested in gender issues and the complex ways that sexuality and gender shape and reflect both the concerns of African-Americans and the circumstances they face in modern American life.

research statement

My intellectual concerns and research interests have centered on African-American culture and cultural politics: expressive forms vis a vis the social, cultural, historical and political contexts within which black culture is made. The relationship between cultural history and social context becomes especially complicated in the second half of the 20th century when new audiences, communities, market forces and technologies emerge to produce enormous diversity in the ways African-American cultural forms and narratives are created and received. In order to understand these new forms and settings for culture-making, I have taken an interdisciplinary approach in my work, drawing on urban, cultural and economic history, ethnography, oral history, cultural and musical criticism, theories of commodification and aesthetics.