Education, Training, & Certifications
Duke Appointment History
In the News
JUN 18, 2018 Durham Herald-Sun
JUL 5, 2017 The American Experience
MAY 2, 2017
MAR 17, 2017 Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity
OCT 10, 2016 NBC News
SEP 23, 2016 The Miami Herald
SEP 21, 2016 The Guardian
SEP 12, 2016 WUNC
AUG 9, 2016 The Undefeated
AUG 3, 2016 The News & Observer
JUL 15, 2016 The Miami Herald
JUL 5, 2016 UNC-TV’s “Black Issues Forum
JUN 29, 2016
MAY 23, 2016 USA Today
MAY 20, 2016
MAY 18, 2016 WUNC
MAY 3, 2016 Ebony
APR 26, 2016 Salon
APR 26, 2016 Salon
APR 20, 2016 WUNC
APR 15, 2016 News One
APR 1, 2016 NPR’s “Morning Edition”
MAR 18, 2016 WUNC
FEB 24, 2016 IndyWeek
FEB 19, 2016 WUNC
JAN 21, 2016 The News & Observer
JAN 20, 2016 WUNC
DEC 4, 2015 WUNC’s “#Culture360”
OCT 7, 2015 Huffington Post Live
SEP 3, 2015 The News & Observer
SEP 1, 2015
AUG 27, 2015
AUG 12, 2015 NBC News
JUL 28, 2015 NBC News
JUL 28, 2015 France 24
JUL 10, 2015 WHYY-Philadelphia’s “The Remix”
JUL 8, 2015 NBC News
JUL 7, 2015 Mic
Awards & Honors
- Publications & Artistic Works
- 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." In Issues in African American Music: Power, Gender, Race, Representation, 368-380. October 26, 2016. Full Text
- Neal, MA. "Now I Ain't Saying He's a 'Crate Digger': Kanye West and the Soul Archive." In The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, edited by 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." In The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, 3-12. January 1, 2014. Full Text
- Neal, MA. "Underground to Harlem: Rumblings and clickety-clacks of diaspora." In Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem, 415-419. January 1, 2013.
- Neal, MA. "Thinking While Black." In Making the University Matter, edited by B Zelizer. Routledge, June 2011.
- Neal, MA. "What Would Shirley Chisholm Say." In Who Should Be First? Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign, edited by B Guy-Sheftall and JB Cole. State University of New York Press, August 2010.
- Neal, MA. "Digging in the Crates." In The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, edited by T Schoonmaker. Duke University Press, August 2010.
- Neal, MA. ""Bringing Up Daddy: A Black Feminist Fatherhood"." In African-Americans Doing Feminism: Putting Theory Into Everyday Practice, edited by AM White. State University of New York Press, June 2010.
- Neal, MA. "Hip Hop Culture." In Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Culture, edited by R Carlin and KH Conwill. April 2010.
- Neal, MA. "The Chitlin Circuit." In Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Culture, edited by R Carlin and KH Conwill. Smithsonian Books, April 2010.
- Neal, MA. "Memory Lane: On Jazz, Hip-Hop and Fathers." In Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas' Illmatic, edited by ME Dyson and S Daulatzai. Basic Civitas, December 2009.
- Neal, MA. "Music: Bodies in Pain." In Best African American Essays, 2009, edited by G Early and D Dickerson. Bantam Book, January 2009.
- Neal, MA. "Sly Stone and the Sanctified Church." In The Funk Era and Beyond: New Perspectives on Black Popular Culture, edited by T Bolden. Palgrave Macmillan, August 2008.
- Neal, M, Morgan, J, and Neal, MA. "A Brand New Feminism: A Conversation." In Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, edited by J CHang. Basic Press, 2007.
- Neal, MA. "White Chocolate: Teena Marie and Lewis Taylor." In Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music, edited by E Weisbard. Duke University Press, 2007.
- Neal, MA. "(Forward) "come and take a walk with me/a closer walk with thee/see what only I can see": A Few Words on Hip-Hop Feminism." In Home Girls Make Some Noise!: Hip-hop Feminism Anthology, edited by G Pough, R Raimist, E Richardson, and A Durham. Parker Publishing, 2007.
- Neal, MA. "Bringing Up Daddy: A Progressive Black Masculine Fatherhood." In Progressive Black Masculinities?, edited by AD Mutua. Routledge, September 2006.
- Neal, MA. "Post-Soul Resistance: Black Popular Music in the Post-Soul Era." In African-American Music: A History, edited by P Maultsby and MV Burnim, 704-704. Routledge, October 2005.
- Neal, MA. "Soul for Sale: the Marketing of Black Musical Expression." In R&B (Rhythm and Business): The Political Economy of Black Music, edited by N Kelley. Akashic Books, 2005.
- Neal, MA. "The Tortured Soul of Marvin Gaye and R. Kelly." In Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004, edited by M Hart. Da Capo Press, October 2004.
- Neal, MA. "Aretha Franklin." In African American National Biography, edited by J Henry Louis Gates and E Higginbotham. Oxford University Press, 2004.
- Neal, MA. "Ray Charles." In African American National Biography, edited by J Henry Louis Gates and E Higginbotham. Oxford University Press, 2004.
- Neal, MA. "A Way Out of No Way: Jazz, Hip Hop and Black Social Improvisation." In The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue, edited by A Heble and D Fischlin. Wesleyan, 2004.
- Neal, MA. "The Birth of New Blackness: The Family Stand’s Moon in Scorpio." In Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock N’ Roll, edited by KC Horse. Palgrave Macmillan, January 2004.
- Neal, MA. "Just Another Nigga: Reflections on Black Masculinity and Middle Class Identity." In Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men on Law, Justice and Life, edited by J Asim. Harper Collins, November 2001.
- Neal, MA. "Another Man is Beating My Time: Gender and Sexuality in Black Popular Music." In American Popular Music: New Approaches to the 20th Century, edited by R Rubin and J Melnick. University of Massachussetts Press, June 2001.
- Neal, MA. "It Be's That Way's Sometimes 'Cause I Can't Control the Rhyme: Notes from the Post-Soul Intelligentsia." In Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of New Black Literature, edited by K Powell. John Wiley and Sons, November 2000.
- Johnson, JM, and Neal, MA. "Introduction: Wild Seed in the Machine." The Black Scholar 47, no. 3 (July 3, 2017): 1-2. Full Text
- Neal, MA. "N*ggas in Paris: hip-hop in exile." Social Identities 22, no. 2 (March 3, 2016): 150-159. Full Text
- Spence, LK, and Neal, MA. "Guest Editors' Note." Souls 16, no. 3-4 (October 2, 2014): 143-147. 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, no. 4 (October 2013): 338-340. Full Text
- Neal, MA. "I Am Not Just From Here:'' The Roots of Hip Hop's Cosmopolitanism." SOULS 15, no. 4 (October 1, 2013): 338-340. Full Text Link to Item
- Neal, MA. "NIGGA: The 21st-Century Theoretical Superhero." CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 28, no. 3 (August 2013): 556-563. Full Text Link to Item
- Neal, M, and Ikard, D. "Transforming Black Men in Feminism." Edited by TD Sharpley-Whiting and TR Patterson-Myers. Palimpsest 1 (2012). (Academic Article)
- Neal, MA. "Pop Music and the Spatialization of Race in the 1990s." History Now 32 (2012).
- Neal, MA. "Finding Tea Cake: An Imagined Black Feminist Manhood." Edited by TD Sharpley-Whiting and TR Patterson-Myers. Palimpsest 1 (2012): 256-263.
- Neal, MA. "Bearing Witness: Mahalia Jackson & The Sanctified Bounce (for Clyde Woods)." Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography (2012).
- Neal, MA. ""A man without a country": The boundaries of legibility, social capital, and cosmopolitan masculinity." Criticism 52, no. 3-4 (June 1, 2010): 399-411. (Review)
- Andrady, AL, and Neal, MA. "Applications and societal benefits of plastics." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 364, no. 1526 (July 2009): 1977-1984. Full Text
- Neal, MA. "Bodies in Pain: The Redemptive Soul of Linda Jones and Keyshia Cole." SeeingBlack (2009).
- Ashe, BD, Anderson, C, Neal, MA, Shockley, E, and Weheliye, A. "These-Are-the "Breaks": A Roundtable Discussion on Teaching the Post-Soul Aesthetic." AFRICAN AMERICAN REVIEW 41, no. 4 (2007): 787-803. Full Text Link to Item
- Neal, MA. "I Want to Take You Higher: Sly Stone and the Sanctified Church." SeeingBlack (2007).
- Neal, MA. "Carrying the Water: On Michael Eric Dyson." Popmatters: A Journal of Global Culture (2007).
- Neal, MA. "The Last Soul Brother: James Brown (1933-2006)." Popmatters: A Journal of Global Culture (2007).
- Neal, MA. "Race-ing Katrina." Transforming Anthropology 14 (April 2006).
- Neal, MA. "From Black Power to Hip-Hop: Racism, Nationalism and Feminism by Patricia Hill-Collins." Ms. Magazine (2006). (Review)
- Neal, MA. "White Chocolate: Teena Marie and Lewis Taylor." Popular Music 24 (October 2005).
- Neal, MA. "Up from Hustling: Power, Plantations and the Hip-Hop Mogul." Socialism and Democracy 26 18 (June 2004).
- Neal, MA. "Tupac's Book Shelf: "All Eyez on Me: Tupac Shakur and the Search for a Modern Folk Hero," W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University, April 17, 2003." Journal of Popular Music Studies 15, no. 2 (December 2003): 208-212. Full Text
- Neal, MA. "If You Don’t Own the Masters…." Souls: a critical journal of Black politics, culture, and society 5, no. 1 (Spring) (2003).
- Neal, MA. "Crisis In Real Time (Digitized Remastered and MP3ed)." Journal of Popular Music Studies 14, no. 1 (March 1, 2002): 7-10. Full Text
- Neal, MA. "Keeping It Real: The Hip-Hop Generation on Campus." Commonquest Magazine 3, no. 3 (Winter) (1998).
- Neal, MA. "Trouble Man: The Art and Politics of Marvin Gaye." Western Journal of Black Studies 22, no. 4 (Winter) (1998).
- Neal, MA. "It Be's That Way Sometimes 'Cause I Can't Control the Rhyme: Notes from the Post-Soul Intelligentsia." Black Renaissance Noire 1, no. 3 (Spring/Summer) (1998).
- Neal, MA. "Sold Out On Soul: the Corporate Annexation of Black Popular Music." Journal of Popular Music and Society , no. Fall (1997).
- Neal, MA. "Race Music: Black Cultures from Be-Bop to Hip-Hop (University of California) by Guthrie P. Ramsey." ECHO: A Music Centered Journal 6. (Review)
- Neal, MA. "Niggas in Paris: Hip-Hop in Exile (Accepted)." Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture .
- 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)
- Teaching & Mentoring
- AAAS 102: Introduction to African American Studies 2018
- AAAS 146: Motown and American Soul Music 2018
- AAAS 335: The History of Hip-Hop 2018
- AAAS 338: Popular Representations of Black Masculinity 2018
- AAAS 496: Distinction Program Sequence 2018
- AAAS 890: Special Topics 2018
- CULANTH 335: The History of Hip-Hop 2018
- ENGLISH 380: Popular Representations of Black Masculinity 2018
- ENGLISH 381: The History of Hip-Hop 2018
- ENGLISH 890: Special Topics 2018
- LIT 102: Introduction to African American Studies 2018
- LS 890: Special Readings 2018
- MUSIC 146: Motown and American Soul Music 2018
- MUSIC 335: The History of Hip-Hop 2018
- VMS 337: The History of Hip-Hop 2018
- VMS 340: Popular Representations of Black Masculinity 2018
- AAAS 290: Special Topics 2017
- AAAS 336: The Black Performance Tradition: Michael Jackson and Prince 2017
- AAAS 491: Independent Study 2017
- AAAS 495: Distinction Program Sequence 2017
- AAAS 890S: Special Topics 2017
- AAAS 891: Special Readings 2017
- MUSIC 290: Special Topics in Music 2017
- MUSIC 336: The Black Performance Tradition: Michael Jackson and Prince 2017
- VMS 353: The Black Performance Tradition: Michael Jackson and Prince 2017
- AAAS 290S: Special Topics 2016
- AAAS 622S: Black Sonic Culture--Analog to Digital 2016
- ENGLISH 290S-3: Special Topics in English Literature: Modern and Contemporary 2016
- ENGLISH 691S: Black Sonic Culture--Analog to Digital 2016
- HOUSECS 59: House Course 2016
- LIT 290S-1: Special Topics in International Literature and Culture 2016
- LIT 691S: Black Sonic Culture--Analog to Digital 2016
- MUSIC 290S: Special Topics in Music 2016
- MUSIC 691S: Black Sonic Culture--Analog to Digital 2016
- Scholarly, Clinical, & Service Activities
Presentations & Appearances
- What If the Greensboro Four Had Twitter?: Social Justice in the Era of Social Media. November 29, 2012 2012
- Perspectives on the Media of Tyler Perry. November 28, 2012 2012
- Niggas in Paris: Hip-Hop in Exile. November 16, 2012 2012
- Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities. November 9, 2012 2012
- Naming Evil in the World: Black Music from the Blues to Hip-Hop. October 18, 2012 2012
- Aretha at Her Peak: Amazing Grace. September 29, 2012 2012
- ThugLife 2.0: The Future of Black Masculinity and the Tupac Hologram. September 28, 2012 2012
- Jay Z’s Other Closet. September 21, 2012 2012
- Looking for Denzel; Finding Barack: Thoughts on the President as Race Man. September 6, 2012 2012
- "What's a New Black Man to Do?: Re-Thinking Black Masculinity in the Obama Era". 25th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). June 2, 2012 2012
- Naming Evil in the World: Hip-Hop’s Blues Footprints. Keynote: Blues & Spirit—A Symposium on Race. May 19, 2012 2012
- Race, Technologies and Black Popular Cultures. May 10, 2012 2012
- Niggers in Paris: Remixing the Afropolitan Experience. 2nd Annual Hip-hop Literacies Conference. May 9, 2012 2012
- Sampling Michael: Rhythm, Masculinity & Intellectual Property in the ‘Body’ of Michael Jackson. March 2, 2012 2012
- New Black Man: Re-Thinking Black Masculinity. Seventh Annual Black Male Symposium. February 16, 2012 2012
- When You See Me, See You: Hip-Hop, Wealth and Social Justice. Getting Real II: Hip Hop Pedagogy, Performance & Culture in the Classroom and Beyond. February 13, 2012 2012
- Book Session: Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music. Social Science History Association. November 19, 2011 2011
- Hiphop Workout Session - Author Meets The Critics. The HipHopAchive. November 17, 2011 2011
- Finding Teacake: An Imagined Black Feminist Manhood. November 9, 2011 2011
- Panel: Rebirth of a Nation: Race and Gender Politics in Media. November 5, 2011 2011
- Bearing Witness: Mahalia Jackson & The Sanctified Bounce. The 7th Annual Mary Louise White Symposium Music & Literature: Legacies in Harmony—Symposium in Honor of Mahalia Jackson’s Centennial. November 4, 2011 2011
- Panel: Hot Sex on a Platter: Erotic Revolutionaries and Punanny Politics in Black Popular Culture. October 21, 2011 2011
- History Repeating? Gender vs. Race in the 2008 Democratic Primary. October 6, 2011 2011
- Plenary Panel: Hip-Hop, Gender and Social Consciousness. October 6, 2011 2011
- Panel: From Precious II For Colored Girls: The Black Image in the American Mind. October 1, 2011 2011
- The O’Jays in Historical Context. July 14, 2011 2011
- Panel: FROM PRECIOUS II FOR COLORED GIRLS The Black Image in the American Mind. April 26, 2011 2011
- The Apollo Legacy: Hip-Hop. April 25, 2011 2011
- Beyond Pathological Media Representations. April 20, 2011 2011
- “A Man Without a Country”: The Boundaries of Legibility, Social Capital, and Cosmopolitan Masculinity”. March 23, 2011 2011
- Panel: Author Meets Critics--Pimps Up, Hoes Down: Hip-Hop's Hold on Young Women by Tracey Sharpley Whiting. March 22, 2011 2011
- Sampling Michael: Rhythm, Masculinity and Intellectual Property in the ‘Body’ of Michael Jackson”. March 12, 2011 2011
- From Precious II For Colored Girls: The Black Image in the American Mind. March 2, 2011 2011
- Remixing the 'New Black Man'. February 21, 2011 2011
- Panel: FROM PRECIOUS II FOR COLORED GIRLS The Black Image in the American Mind. February 19, 2011 2011
- Remixing Martin Luther King, Jr.. January 27, 2011 2011
- Sampling Michael: The Chitlin’ Circuit, Intellectual Property and the Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. September 24, 2010 2010
- How You Gonna Be the ‘King of New York’?: Jay Z’s Hip-Hop Cosmopolitanism. April 8, 2010 2010
- Coming Apart at the Seams: Black Masculinity and the Performance of Obama-Era Respectability: Keynote Address. March 27, 2010 2010
- “A Man Without a Country: The Boundaries of Legibility Social Capital and Cosmopolitan Masculinity". Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 18, 2010 2010
- A History of Hip-Hop Before Hip-Hop:Keynote Address--Is Hip-Hop History? Conference. February 20, 2010 2010
- In A Circle of Friends: Malcolm X and the Social Network of Possibility. February 18, 2010 2010
- Shifting Publics: Redefining Black Public Intellectuals. Making the University Matter. December 5, 2009 2009
- A (Nearly) Flawless Masculinity Barack Obama. The Fifth African-American Literature Symposium. November 12, 2009 2009
- Hip-Hop in the Age of Obama. 19th Association of Black Cultural Centers Conference. November 6, 2009 2009
- A (Nearly) Flawless Masculinity: Barack Obama. November 5, 2009 2009
- Looking for Leroy: Rethinking the Scholarship on Black Men and Boys. Scholars’ Network on Masculinity and the Well-Being of African-American Men. October 23, 2009 2009
- Remember the Time: Michael Jackson, Barack Obama and Cosmopolitan Blackness. Launch of the School of Social Transformation. October 7, 2009 2009
- Conjuring Michael. The Michael Jackson Era in American Culture. Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. October 1, 2009 2009
- ‘A Man Without a Country’: The Boundaries of Legibility and Cosmopolitan Masculinity in The Wire. September 25, 2009 2009
- Getting Real: The Future of Hip-Hop Studies. The Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change. September 14, 2009 2009
- “Black Schools Kill Smart Niggers”: the Romance for Black Institutions in the Post-Soul Era. Histories and Humanities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Embracing the Legacy of John Hope Franklin. May 1, 2009 2009
- Haunting the (Political) Waters: A Meditation on Movement, Citizenship and Political Will in the Post-Katrina Era. The W.E.B. DuBois Lecture. February 11, 2009 2009
- Barack Obama and the Era of the New Black Man. Black History Month Convocation. February 6, 2009 2009
- Reimagining Black Feminist Interventions in Popular Culture. Women’s Studies Program. January 14, 2009 2009
- Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood: Reality TV and the “Disciplining” of the Black Family. Real Worlds: Global Perspectives on the Politics of Reality Television. December 5, 2008 2008
- Teach the Bourgeois and Rock the Boulevard: Hip-Hop and the Academy. Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip Hop. November 1, 2008 2008
- Obama, Lil Wheezy, the Katrina-Politans and Other Markers of Modern Blackness (The Pierce Butler Visiting Professorship in English). October 14, 2008 2008
- R. Kelly’s Closet: Shame, Desire and the Confessions of a (Post-modern) Soul Man. October 7, 2008 2008
- My Passport Says Shawn: Towards a Hip-Hop Cosmopolitanism. September 23, 2008 2008
- Engaging the Popular in the Classroom, Keynote Address. Rochester City School District Leadership Conference. August 7, 2008 2008
- Literate Bodies: The Pedagogies of Thugs, Homothugs and Other Illegible Black Male Bodies. April 14, 2008 2008
- Cultural Criticism 2.0: How Do You Filter the Infinite? In Conversation with Oliver Wang. The Transcultural Humanities Lecture Series. April 7, 2008 2008
- Fragments of a Feedback Loop: Blackness in Conversation. Theorizing Blackness Conference. April 4, 2008 2008
- Confessions of a Hip-Hop Feminist. March 13, 2008 2008
Service to the Profession
- Curator : Black Thought 2.0: New Media and the Future of Black Studies. December 1, 2012 2012
- African American Review. December 1, 2011 2011
- Book Manuscript Reviewer, Duke University Press. December 1, 2011 2011
- Book Manuscript Reviewer, Temple University Press. December 1, 2011 2011
- Book Manuscript Reviewer, University of Missisippi Press. December 1, 2011 2011
- Book Manuscript Reviewer, University of Minnesota Press. 2011 2011
- The HipHop Review. 2011 2011
- African-American Review. November 2008 2008
- American Quarterly. May 2008 2008
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