A detailed listing of academic and professional work can be found here (Complete Academic CV/Resume) and here (VIVO Expertise Website)

Peer Reviewed Articles

Gosa, Travis L. 2011. Counterknowledge, Racial Paranoia, and the Cultic Milieu: Decoding Hip Hop Conspiracy Theory.” Poetics: The Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts. 39(3)..

Gosa, Travis L. 2010. “Not Another Remix: How Obama Became the First Hip-Hop President.” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 22(4), p. 389-415.

Gosa, Travis L. and Karl Alexander. 2007. “Family (Dis)Advantage and The Educational Prospects of Better-Off African American Youth: How Race Still Matters,” Teachers College Record, 109 (2), p. 285-321.

Book Chapters

Gosa, Travis L. and Tristan Fields. 2012. “Is Hip Hop Education Another Hustle? The (Ir)Responsible Use of Hip Hop as Pedagogy.” Hip-Hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip-Hop. Brad J. Porfilio & Michael Viola (Eds.). Peter Lang. (Publication available mid-2012.)

Gosa, Travis L. 2011. “Black Youth, Social Media, and the 2008 Presidential Election.” Social Media: Impact & Usage, H. Al-Deen & J. Hendricks (Eds.). Lexington Books. (Publication available late 2011).

Gosa, Travis L. 2011. “Crank Dat Barack Obama!: Social Media and Race in the 2008 Presidential Election.” Race/Gender/Media: Considering Diversity Across Audience, Content, and Producers,3rd Edition. Rebecca Ann Lind (Ed.) Allyn & Bacon Press. (Publication available late 2011.)

Gosa, Travis L. 2011. “Mama Tried: Narratives of Good and Bad Mothering in Rap Music.” Mothering & Hip Hop Culture, J. Motapanya & Shana Calixte (Eds.). Demeter Press. (Publication available late 2011.)

Gosa, Travis L. 2011. “The Audacity of Dope: Rap Music, Race, and the Obama Presidency.” Obama-Mania: Critical Essays on Representations, Discussions and Meditations in Popular Culture of President Barack Obama. Nicholas Yanes & Derrais Carter (Eds.). McFarland &Company. (Publication available late 2011.)

Essays and Book Reviews

Gosa, Travis L. 2009. “Hip-Hop Politics, Activism, & The Future of Hip-Hop.” Journal of Popular Music Studies.  22 (2). p. 240-246.

Gosa, Travis L. 2009.  “All About the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can’t Save Black America.” Journal of Popular Music and Society. 32 (5). p. 567-569.

Gosa, Travis L. 2009. “The 21st Century Hip-Hop Minstrel Show: Are We Continuing the Blackface Tradition? Journal of American Culture. 32, (4). p. 356.

Working Papers/In Progress

Gosa, Travis L. The School of Hard Knocks: A Hip Hop Theory of Black Schooling and Education Reform. (Book Manuscript)

Gosa, Travis L. “Conspiracy Theory and Racial Paranoia in Obamerica.” (Article)

Gosa, Travis L. “Why Do Students Resist Hip Hop Studies?” The Medium is the Lesson: Using Literature, Film, and New Media to Teach Politics. Robert W. Glover & Daniel Tagliarina (Eds.). (Book Chapter)

Gosa, Travis L. “Hustle and Grind: The Promise and Peril of the Hip Hop Work Ethic and Entrepreneurial Spirit.” (Article)

Gosa, Travis L. “It’s Bigger Than Rap: The Political Economy of Hip Hop Studies, Culture, & Intelligentsia.” (Revised Article for Resubmission)

Gosa, Travis L. “Hip Hop Studies, Underground: Rethinking Hip Hop Knowledge and Culture.” (Revised Article for Resubmission)


I’ve taught a variety of courses at Cornell University, Williams College, and Johns Hopkins University.

  • Sociology of Race & Education (New, Fall 2011 ASRC 4516/ 6516/ SOC 4520/6510)
  • Black Families and the Socialization of Black Children (ASRC 1600/HD 1710)
  • US Education: Oppression & Resistance (ASRC 3604)
  • The Politics of the Hip-Hop Generation (ASRC 6606)
  • Hip Hop Culture and Youth Identity (Freshman Writing Seminar, ASRC 1820)
  • Introduction to Africana Studies (AFR 200)
  • The African-American Family (AFR/SOC/WGS 329)
  • The Hip-Hop Generation: Power, Identity, & Social Change (AFR/SOC/WGS 305)
  • Race, Ethnicity, & Education in the United States (AFR/SOC/LAT 229)
  • Sankofa: Stepping Outside the Box (AFR 498)
  • The Hip-Hop Generation: Power, Identity, & Social Change (SOC 230.201)
  • Introduction to Africana Studies (AFR 362.101)
  • Introduction to African American Studies (AFR 362.111)
  • Introduction to Sociology (230.101) with Prof.’s Beverly Silver & Andrew Cherlin
  • Race, Ethnicity, & Education in the United States (230.212) with Prof. Pamela Bennett


Hip-hop’s global culture ‘affects everyone,’ pioneers say.” By Daniel Aloi (April, 2011)

Hip-hop leaders explore Cornell’s archives.” By Daniel Aloi (April, 2011)

Afrika Bambaataa headlining Cornell symposium on hip hop.” By Luke Z. Fenchel (April, 2011)

Latino Studies Program Fridays With Faculty Lunch Series” (Spring, 2011)

2010-2011 Humanities Grant Research Proposals” (Spring, 2011)

Scholars ponder future of Africana studies after 40 years.” By Joseph Mansky (April, 2010)

Professor: Achievement gap is deep, even among African-American middle class.” By Hanna Roos (March, 2010) [pdf]

Africana Studies introduces 17 new courses.” Rebecca Snyder (May, 2009)

Guest in Residence at the Carl Becker House.” (March, 2009)

Africana studies at 40: Pioneering and leading.” By Daniel Aloi (Fall, 2009)

Music as a Political Force.” By George Lowery (March, 2009)

Afrika Bambaataa, Hip Hop & Radical Peace (April, 2011)
Embedded video from Cornell University

• Hip-hop pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa returned to Cornell April 14-15 for an academic and musical symposium on the origins and lasting impact of the hip-hop movement.The discussion was introduced by John Kugelberg, whose collection forms the basis of the Kugelberg Hip-Hop Archive, the largest archive of early hip-hop materials in the country. Discussion centered on Hip-Hop in its fifth decade, hip-hop knowledge and hip-hop futures. Leading the questioning and serving as interlocutors were Travis Gosa (assistant professor, Africana Studies, Cornell) and Sean Eversley Bradwell (assistant professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, Ithaca College).

What Happens When Hip Hop is Archived? Keeping the Study of Hip Hop Real and Relevant (November, 2008)

Embedded video from Cornell University
• Why should we archive hip hop? What gets into an archive, and who controls it? Is there a particular narrative of the genre’s history that will be privileged over others? These questions were asked by Travis Gosa, assistant professor in Africana Studies at Williams College, who moderated a panel on the academic and journalistic study of hip hop.