Jeb Middlebrook, Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Areas of Expertise
Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies, Race and Ethnicity, Social Movements, Social Justice, Activism, Pop Culture, Criminology, Musicology, Cross Cultural Collaboration, Peace Building, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Multicultural Issues, Politics, Poverty & Unemployment, Community Organizing.
Dr. Middlebrook’s research and teaching interests span the disciplines of sociology, ethnic studies, cultural studies, history, and anthropology. He has been published by American Quarterly and Greenwood Press, and has received national recognition for his work from the Ford Foundation, the Harry S. Truman Foundation, NBC, ABC, Associated Press, MTV Networks, Complex Magazine, and Hot 97 Radio in New York. He has been featured in the television program The (White) Rapper Show (VH1), the film Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible (WorldTrust), and the books Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America and Beacons in the Storm: White Educator Activists Working for Racial Justice. He is co-director of the Urban Community Research Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
His current book manuscript, Prison Music: Containment, Escape, and the Sound of America, is a cultural history of incarceration in U.S. society from the 19th to the 21st century, told through the sound of prison in popular culture, policy, and protest.
He also works as a DJ, poet, science-fiction writer, and community organizer, and has volunteered with racial justice organizations locally and nationally, including AWARE-LA, Showing Up for Racial Justice, the Center for Third World Organizing, the Challenging White Supremacy workshop, Californians for Justice, Critical Resistance, Los Angeles Community Action Network, and the Occupy Movement.
Ph.D. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
B.A. Ethnic Studies, University of Minnesota
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