Born and raised in Harlem and the Bronx in New York City, Dr. Tricia Rose graduated from Yale University where she received a BA in Sociology and then received her Ph.D. from Brown University in American Studies. She has taught at NYU, UC Santa Cruz and she is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Rose also serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives. In addition to her duties at Brown, Professor Rose is a former board member of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Color of Change and Black Girls Rock, Inc.
Rose is an internationally respected scholar of post civil rights era black U.S. culture, popular music, social issues, gender and sexuality. She has been awarded for her teaching and has received several scholarly fellowships including ones from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the American Association of University Women.
She is most well known for her groundbreaking book on the emergence of hip hop culture. "Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America" is considered foundational text for the study of hip hop, one that has defined what is now an entire field of study. Black Noise won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1995, was voted among the top 25 books of 1995 by the Village Voice and in 1999 was listed by Black Issues in Higher Education as one of its "Top Books of the Twentieth Century."
In 2003, Rose published a rare and powerful oral narrative history of black women's sexual life stories, called "Longing To Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy". Akua Naru, internationally respected musician/hip hop artist—working in collaboration with Tyshawn Sorey, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow composer and drummer—has optioned Longing to Tell to develop a hip hop inspired musical of the same name.
In 2008, Professor Rose returned to hip hop to challenge the field she helped found, with: "The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop-And Why It Matters". Her essays on black feminism, systemic racism and other issues can be found in a range of scholarly journals and public venues. She is currently working on a multi-media project called "How Systemic Racism Works".
Tricia Rose lectures, engages in conversation and presents seminars and workshops to scholarly and general audiences on a wide range of issues relating to race in America, mass media, structural inequality, popular culture, gender, sexuality, art and social justice. More of her work can be found in scholarly journals and more popular outlets.
Rose has been featured on PBS, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and other national and local media outlets. Rose was also a co-producer and co-host with Dr. Cornel West for The Tight Rope Podcast, a pandemic podcast on race, love and justice.