Msia Kibona Clark is an Associate Professor in the Department of African Studies at Howard University. She is originally from Tanzania and grew up in the U.S. (Cleveland, Ohio). She received her bachelors degree in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University (Gamma Delta AKA SPR 98), masters degree in International Studies from American University, and a doctorate in African Studies from Howard University.
Her work focuses on popular culture, migration, and gender studies in Africa. She has written numerous publications, including three edited manuscripts and over a half dozen articles and book chapters on both popular culture in Africa and on African migrant experiences. She also created & teaches the courses “Black Women & Popular Culture” and” Hip Hop & Social Change in Africa”at Howard University, where she is the Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Department of African Studies.
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 journal, Global Hip Hop 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.