Marcyliena Morgan

"The Hiphop Critic in Political Culture"

Marcyliena Morgan is a Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and Executive Director of the Hiphop Archive at the Du Bois Institute. She earned both her B.A. and her M.A. degrees at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She obtained an additional M.A. in linguistics at the University of Essex, England and her PhD through the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Morgan founded the Hiphop Archive at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University in 2002. She has received research grants from the Ford Foundation and Centers for Disease Control. She has held tenured faculty positions in Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles and in Communications at Stanford University. Her research and teaching is on African American and African Diasporan culture and language, hiphop, the ethnography of communications, identity in technology and media, gender and sexuality, education and language and race and class.

She is the author of many works that focus on youth, gender, racism, language, culture, identity, sociolinguistics, discourse and interaction, including the Daedulus (2011) publication “Hiphop and the Global Imprint of a Black Cultural Form” (with Dionne Bennett), Language, Discourse and Power in African American Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and her book The Real Hiphop - Battling for Knowledge, Power, and Respect in the Underground (Duke University Press, 2008).