Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English, Lehigh University
James Braxton Peterson is director of Africana Studies and associate professor of English, Lehigh University. Peterson’s academic work focuses on Africana studies, narrative, graphic novels, and hip-hop culture. He is the founder of Hip Hop Scholars, LLC, an association of hip-hop generational scholars dedicated to researching and developing the cultural and educational potential of hip-hop, urban, and youth cultures. Peterson is a regular contributor to The Root.com and he has appeared on Fox News, CBS, MSNBC, ABC News, ESPN, and various local television networks as an expert on hip-hop culture, popular culture, urban youth, and politics.