About James Peterson

Teaching Interests

Africana Studies, Hip Hop Culture, Popular Culture, Media, African American Literature and Sociolinguistics

Current Projects and Research Interests

I am currently working on a book project tentatively entitled “Major Figures: Literary Approaches to Hip Hop Culture” (University Press of Mississippi). Current research interests include narrative structures, tropes and themes in rap music as well as the relationship between media/technology and the concept of Heroes in popular culture.

Selected Publications

Peterson, James, “Dead Prezence: Money and Mortal Themes in Hip Hop Culture.” Callaloo, Johns Hopkins University Press, Fall 2006.

Peterson, James. “Notorious B.I.G.” Hess, Mickey, Ed. Icons of Hip-Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Music, from Kool Herc to Kanye West. (Two-Volume Edited Collection) Greenwood Press, 2007 (10,000 words).

Peterson, James. “The Elements and Eras of Hip Hop Culture.” Chapter in Contemporary Youth Culture, eds. Shirley Steinberg, Priya Parmar, and Birgit Richard, pp. 357-365. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2006.

Peterson, James. “Hip Hop Culture: A Brief Introduction and Overview.” Entry in the Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, ed. Colin Palmer. New York: Macmillan USA, 2005.

Peterson, James. “Linguistic Identity and Community in American Literature.” Chapter in Language in the USA: Themes for the Twenty-first Century, eds. Edward Finnegan and John R. Rickford, pp. 430 – 444. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004.

Peterson, James. “Ethnographic Revelations of Nationalism in London Hip Hop.” Black Arts Quarterly, Stanford University Press, 2002.

Peterson, James. “Re(tele)vising a Revolution: Commercial Basketball and a Chat with Gil Scott-Heron.” Chapter in Basketball Jones, eds. Todd Boyd and Kenneth Shropsire, NYU Press, November 2001.

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