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A.D. Carson

Assistant Professor of Hip Hop and the Global South
University of Virginia

A.D. Carson is an award-winning performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois. His work focuses on race, literature, history, rhetorics & performance. He received a Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. His album, i used to love to dream, released with University of Michigan Press is the first rap album peer-reviewed for publication with an academic press. This work extends from his doctoral dissertation, Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions, which he submitted in rap album form as the primary feature of a digital archive. His innovative doctoral thesis project was recognized by Clemson’s Graduate Student Government as the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation. Carson is currently assistant professor of Hip-Hop & the Global South at the University of Virginia.

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