Reiland Rabaka standing in front of Mack Auditorium wearing red.
Founder & Director, Center for African & African American Studies • Professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

Reiland Rabaka is the Founder and Director of the Center for African & African American Studies and Professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Research Fellow in the College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Professor Rabaka has published 17 books and more than 100 scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays. His books include Africana Critical TheoryAgainst Epistemic Apartheid: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of SociologyForms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon’s Critical Theory and the Dialectics of DecolonizationConcepts of Cabralism: Amilcar Cabral and Africana Critical TheoryThe Negritude MovementThe Routledge Handbook of Pan-AfricanismDu Bois: A Critical Introduction; Civil Rights Music: The Soundtracks of the Civil Rights MovementBlack Power Music!: Protest Songs, Message Music, and the Black Power Movement; Hip Hop’s InheritanceHip Hop’s Amnesia; and The Hip Hop Movement. Academic journals Rabaka has published in include Journal of Black StudiesJournal of African American StudiesJournal of Africana StudiesAfricana Studies Annual ReviewAfricalogical Perspectives, Africana MethodologyEthnic Studies Review, Journal of Classical Sociology, The Philosopher,Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Raisons politiques: Revue de théorie politiqueContemporanea, and Revista da Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores/as Negros/as (ABPN), among others. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Institution, the Eugene M. Kayden Book Award, the Cheikh Anta Diop Book Award, and the National Council for Black Studies’ Distinguished Career Award. Professor Rabaka has conducted archival research and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally, and he has been the recipient of several community service citations, distinguished teaching awards, and research fellowships. His cultural criticism, social commentary, and political analysis has been featured in print, radio, television, and online media venues such as NPR, PBS, BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MTV, BET, VH1, The GuardianAl Jazeera, and USA Today, among others. He is also a poet and musician.