Reiland Rabaka
Professor
Africana Studies • Critical Race Class Gender and Sexuality Studies

Office Location: Ketchum 184D

 

Education

Ph.D., Temple University
M.A., Temple University 
B.F.A., University of the Arts

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for African American Studies (CAAS), College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), University of Houston

Research Interests

black radical history, black radical politics, black social movements, black feminist theory, black sexuality studies, black popular culture, black popular music, critical race theory, and decolonial theory


Reiland Rabaka is Professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also has faculty affiliations with the Department of Women & Gender Studies, Humanities Program, School of Education, College of Media, Communication & Information, and College of Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Additionally, he is a Research Fellow in the College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Rabaka’s research areas and teaching interests are in black radical history, black radical politics, black social movements, black popular culture, and black popular music. He is the author of more than fifty scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays, and more than a dozen books including: Du Bois’s Dialectics; Africana Critical Theory; Against Epistemic Apartheid: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of Sociology; Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon’s Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization; Concepts of Cabralism: Amilcar Cabral and Africana Critical Theory; The Negritude Movement; Hip Hop’s Inheritance; Hip Hop’s Amnesia; and The Hip Hop Movement. Rabaka 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. He 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 Huffington Post, and USA Today, among others. He is also a published poet, spoken-word artist, and musician.


Selected Publications

Books

Rabaka, Reiland. (2015). The Negritude Movement: W.E.B. Du Bois, Leon Damas, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, Frantz Fanon, and the Evolution of an Insurgent Idea. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Rabaka, Reiland. (2014). Concepts of Cabralism: Amilcar Cabral and Africana Critical Theory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Rabaka, Reiland. (2013). The Hip Hop Movement: From R&B and the Civil Rights Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Generation. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Rabaka, Reiland. (2012). Hip Hop’s Amnesia: From Blues and the Black Women’s Club Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Movement. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Rabaka, Reiland. (2011). Hip Hop’s Inheritance: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Hip Hop Feminist Movement. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Aldama, Arturo, Elisa Facio, Daryl Maeda, and Reiland Rabaka. (Eds.). (2011). Enduring Legacies: Ethnic Histories and Cultures of Colorado. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado.

Rabaka, Reiland. (2010). Against Epistemic Apartheid: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of Sociology. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Rabaka, Reiland. (Ed.). (2010). W.E.B. Du Bois: A Critical Reader. London, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

Rabaka, Reiland. (2010). Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon’s Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Rabaka, Reiland. (2009). Africana Critical Theory: Reconstructing the Black Radical Tradition, from W.E.B. Du Bois and C.L.R. James to Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Rabaka, Reiland. (2008). Du Bois’s Dialectics: Black Radical Politics and the Reconstruction of Critical Social Theory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield 
Publishers.

Rabaka, Reiland. (2007). W.E.B. Du Bois and the Problems of the Twenty-First Century: An Essay on Africana Critical Theory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.