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Dr. Tricia Rose is an internationally respected, award-winning scholar of post-civil rights era Black culture, social issues and gender. 

Her ground-breaking and highly influential book, Black Noise, was the first major analysis of hip-hop as an expression of Black cultural resilience and technological innovation under conditions of urban despair in the 1970s. Among other accolades, Black Noise was recognized by Black Issues in Higher Education as a ‘Top Book of the 20th Century.’ 

Her latest endeavor, the How Systemic Racism Works Project, shines a clarifying spotlight on what systemic racism is and how it works in America today. Her impeccably researched yet accessible discussions on systemic racism inspire new levels of understanding and impact for a wide range of domestic and international audiences – corporate, non-profit, governmental, academic and more. 


How Systemic Racism Works Project initiatives include a new book, to be released in early March 2024 with Basic Books, an interactive multimedia experience and more.

Born and raised in Harlem and the Bronx in New York City, Dr. Rose earned a B.A. in Sociology at Yale and a PhD. in American Studies at Brown University. Serving formerly in faculty appointments at Rutgers, NYU and UC Santa Cruz, in 2006 Dr. Rose joined the faculty at Brown, where she serves as Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America as well as Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives. 

Dr. Rose has appeared on PBS, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and was a co-producer and co-host with Dr. Cornel West for The Tight Rope serialized podcast, a pandemic conversation on race, love and justice.

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