Mark Anthony Neal
Professor of African and African American Studies
Mark Anthony Neal is Chair of the Department of African & African American Studies and the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance Tradition, and The History of Hip-Hop, which he co-teaches with Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit).
He also co-directs the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity (DCORE).
He is the author of several books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1999), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002) and Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (2013). The 10th Anniversary edition of Neal’s New Black Man was published in February of 2015 by Routledge. Neal is co-editor of That's the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge), now in its second edition. Additionally Neal host of the video webcast Left of Black, which is produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke. You can follow him on Twitter at @NewBlackMan.
- Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo 1996
- M.A., Suny Coll Fredonia 1993
- B.A., Suny Coll Fredonia 1987
Neal, MA. Looking for Leroy: Illegible black masculinities. January 1, 2013.
Forman, EM, and Neal, MA. That's the Joint: A Hip-Hop Studies Reader (2nd Edition). Routledge, July 2011.
Neal, MA. New Black Man. Routledge, April 2005.
Neal, MA, and Forman, M. That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. Routledge, September 2004.
Neal, MA. Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation. Routledge (Taylor and Francis), June 2003.
Neal, MA. Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic. Routledge (Taylor and Francis), March 2002.
Neal, MA. What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture. Routledge (Taylor and Francis), October 1998.
Neal, MA. "The post-civil rights period: The politics of musical creativity." Issues in African American Music: Power, Gender, Race, Representation. October 26, 2016. 368-380. Full Text
Neal, MA. "Now I Ain't Saying He's a 'Crate Digger': Kanye West and the Soul Archive." The Cultural Impact of Kanye West. Ed. J Bailey. Palgrave Macmillan, March 6, 2014.
Neal, MA. "Now i ain’t saying he’s a Crate Digger: Kanye west, “community theaters” and the soul archive." The Cultural Impact of Kanye West. January 1, 2014. 3-12. Full Text
Neal, MA. "Underground to Harlem: Rumblings and clickety-clacks of diaspora." Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem. January 1, 2013. 415-419.
Neal, MA. "Thinking While Black." Making the University Matter. Ed. B Zelizer. Routledge, June 2011.
Neal, MA. "What Would Shirley Chisholm Say." Who Should Be First? Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Ed. B Guy-Sheftall and JB Cole. State University of New York Press, August 2010.
Neal, MA. "Digging in the Crates." The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl. Ed. T Schoonmaker. Duke University Press, August 2010.
Neal, MA. ""Bringing Up Daddy: A Black Feminist Fatherhood"." African-Americans Doing Feminism: Putting Theory Into Everyday Practice. Ed. AM White. State University of New York Press, June 2010.
Neal, MA. "Hip Hop Culture." Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Culture. Ed. R Carlin and KH Conwill. April 2010.
Neal, MA. "The Chitlin Circuit." Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Culture. Ed. R Carlin and KH Conwill. Smithsonian Books, April 2010.
Neal, MA. "I Am Not Just From Here:'' The Roots of Hip Hop's Cosmopolitanism." SOULS 15.4 (October 1, 2013): 338-340. Full Text
Neal, MA. "“I Am Not Just From Here:” The Roots of Hip Hop's Cosmopolitanism: A Reflection on Isoke's “Women, Hip Hop and Cultural Resistance in Dubai”." Souls 15.4 (October 2013): 338-340. Full Text
Neal, MA. "Finding Tea Cake: An Imagined Black Feminist Manhood." Ed. TD Sharpley-Whiting and TR Patterson-Myers. Palimpsest 1 (2012): 256-263.
Neal, M, and Ikard, D. "Transforming Black Men in Feminism." Ed. TD Sharpley-Whiting and TR Patterson-Myers. Palimpsest 1 (2012). (Academic Article)
Neal, MA. "Bearing Witness: Mahalia Jackson & The Sanctified Bounce (for Clyde Woods)." Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography (2012).
Neal, MA. "Pop Music and the Spatialization of Race in the 1990s." History Now 32 (2012).
Neal, MA. ""A man without a country": The boundaries of legibility, social capital, and cosmopolitan masculinity." Criticism 52.3-4 (June 1, 2010): 399-411. (Review)
Neal, MA. "What’s the Real Reason for the Sudden Attacks on Hip-Hop?." Vibe Magazine (on-line) (2007).
Neal, MA. "Who Gets to Use the "N" Word." Salon (2007).
Neal, MA. "Bloodbeats: Vol. 1 Demos, Remixes & Extended Versions (Redbone Press) by Ernest Hardy." SEEINGBLACK.COM (July 2006). (Review)
Perry, I. "Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip-Hop." AOL BLACK VOICES (February 2005). (Review)
Neal, MA. "Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere (Wesleyan) by Gwendolyn Pough." Africana.com (August 2004). (Review)
Neal, MA. "Stand & Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip-Hop Culture (Soft Skull Press) by Yvonne Bynoe." Popmatters: The Magazine of Global Culture (August 2004). (Review)
Neal, MA. ""Strange Bedfellows: Why is Michael Jackson allying himself with the Nation of Islam?"." The New Republic (January 2004). (Academic Article)