My work consists of scholarly & non scholarly publications, on both popular culture in Africa & African migrant experiences. This includes 3 books (Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati, Hip-Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City & Dustyfoot Philosophers, and Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism). The more recent articles and book chapters include “Hip-Hop and Human Rights in Africa”, “Feminisms … Continue reading Research

The Hip Hop African Blog & Podcast

This is an initiative that initially began as an in class assignment for students in the Hip Hop in Africa course. The course is a joint course taught with students at Howard University and George Washington University, taking the course together. Students must come together in groups of two or three and select a research topic related to the course. Students are also allowed to do … Continue reading The Hip Hop African Blog & Podcast

Hip Hop in Africa Class

Howard University and George Washington University In 2015 I created a course on Hip Hop in Africa at Howard University. The course has received strong enrollment numbers, averaging 30 students per semester. In 2018, the course was also offered at George Washington University. The course combines the classes on both campuses, and the students take the course together, alternating campuses each week. This course examines … Continue reading Hip Hop in Africa Class


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.

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