Dr. Msia Kibona Clark is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of African Studies at Howard University.
She is originally from Tanzania and grew up in the U.S. (Euclid, Ohio). She received her BA in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University, MA in International Studies from American University, and a PhD in African Studies from Howard University.
A professor of cultural & feminist studies, her work focuses on representations of Pan Africanism, African feminism, and African/Diaspora identities in popular culture. Her work examines hip-hop in Africa’s importance as social commentary, especially around Pan Africanism and African feminist thought. Her work also explores how Black mobilization is shifting African and Diaspora identities, and impacting Black activism. Her scholarship includes numerous articles and books, including the texts Hip-Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City & Dustyfoot Philosophers, and Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism.
A Tanzanian feminist activist and scholar, her work also explores African feminism’s role in cyberfeminist spaces. Her forthcoming African Women in Digital Spaces: Redefining Social Movements on the Continent and in the Diaspora is a collection of poetry, essays, & scholarship on African feminist conversions around race, gender, and sexuality, co-edited with Ghanaian feminist activist and scholar Dr. Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed .
Msia was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dar es Salaam (2013/14) in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Diaspora Community of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA), and sits on the Editorial Board of the journals, Global Hip Hop Studies and the Journal of African Cultural Studies. She is also a member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the African Studies Association in Africa, and is an executive board member and past president of the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists.