Travis L. Gosa is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University. An interdisciplinary social scientist, he holds faculty appointments in Education, American Studies, and the Center for the Study of Inequality. Since 2008, he has advised Cornell’s Hip Hop Collection, the largest archive on early hip hop culture in the United States. Gosa is editor of Remixing Change: Hip Hop & Obama (Oxford University Press, 2014). His most recent academic work has been published with peer-reviewed journals Poetics, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Teacher’s College Record, Popular Music and Society, and the Journal of American Culture. He has contributed scholarly essays to many critical anthologies including The Cambridge Companion To Hip Hop(Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Social Media: Impact & Usage (Lexington Books, 2012). He has written for various media outlets, including Ebony, The Root, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Black Commentator, FoxNews, and Hip Hop Republican. His book-in-progress examines the relationship between hip hop culture and Black student achievement.
He is editor of the book Remixing Change: Hip Hop & Obama, and he regularly writes about race and politics at TheRoot.com. You can follow him on Twitter @basedprof.