2006 PhD: African Studies | Howard University, Washington, DC
2001 MA: Comparative & Regional Studies: Africa | American University, Washington, DC
1998 BA: Political Science | Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, NC
2015 to present Associate Professor – Department of African Studies Howard University, Washington, DC
2009 to 2015 Assistant Professor – Department of Pan African Studies California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Clark, M. K. (2018). Hip Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers. Ohio University Press.
II. Edited Volumes
Clark, M.K., Mnyandu, P., Azalia, L. (Eds). (2018). Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism. Lexington Press.
Clark, M. K. and Koster, M. M. (Eds). (2014). Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
Clark, M.K. (Ed) (2013). Special Issue: Hip Hop in Africa. Journal of Pan African Studies.
III. Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Clark, M.K. (2019). Hip-Hop and human rights in Africa. Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. https://www.georgetownjournalofinternationalaffairs.org/online-edition/2019/2/4/hip-hop-and-human-rights-in-africa
Clark, M.K. (2018). Feminisms in African hip hop. Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 17 (2), 383-400.
Clark, M. K. (2014). The role of new and social media in Tanzanian hip hop production. Les Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, 216 (4), 1115-1136.
Clark, M. K. (2013). The struggle for authenticity and against commercialization in Tanzania. Journal of Pan African Studies, 6 (3), 5-21. http://www.jpanafrican.com/vol6no3.htm.
Clark, M. K. (2012). Hip hop as social commentary in Accra and Dar es Salaam. African Studies Quarterly, 13 (3), 23 – 36. http://asq.africa.ufl.edu/files/Clark-V13Is3.pdf.
Clark, M. K. (2008). Identity among first and second generation African immigrants in the United States. African Identities, 6 (2), 169 – 181.
IV. Book Chapters
Clark, M.K. (Forthcoming). African women and hip-hop in the Diaspora. The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies.
Clark, M.K. (2019). The contemporary African Diaspora. In M. Azevedo (Ed), Africana Studies: A Survey of Africa and the African Diaspora (263 – 289). Durham: Carolina Academic Press.
Clark, M.K. (2018). The evolution of a bicultural identity, in the shadows of Nyerere’s Pan Africanism. In M.K. Clark, P. Mnyandu, L. Azalia (Eds), Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism. Lexington Press.
Clark, M. K. (2016). A profile of five Ghana emcees. In K. Konadu and C. Campbell (Eds), The Ghana Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Clark, M. K. (2014). Gendered representations among Tanzanian female emcees. In M.K. Clark and M. Koster (Eds), Ni Wakati: Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
Clark, M. K. (2012). Identity formation and integration among bicultural immigrant Blacks. In J. A. Arthur, J. Takougang and T. Owusu (Eds.), Africans in Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands (pp. 45 – 66). Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
Clark, M. K. (2009). Questions of identity among African immigrants in America. In I. Okpewho and N. Nzegwu (Eds.), The New African Diaspora (pp. 255-270). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
V. Book Reviews & Encyclopedia Entries
Clark, M.K. (2018). Beef. In T. Riggs (Ed), St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture (pp. 38-42). Farmington Hills, MI: St. James Press.
Clark, Msia Kibona. (2014). Review of the book Living the Hiplife: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian Popular Music by Jesse Weaver Shipley. African Studies Quarterly.
Clark, Msia Kibona. (2014, January). Review of the book The African Diaspora: Slavery, Modernity, and Globalization, by Toyin Falola. Choice Magazine.
Clark, Msia Kibona. (2013). Review of the book Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World, by Eric Charry (Ed). African Studies Quarterly.
Clark, Msia Kibona. (2013, October). Review of the book The Hip Hop Movement: From R&B to the Civil Rights Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Generation, by Reiland Rabaka. Choice Magazine
January 2019. Jury in the annual photography competition held by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and the World Bank, Washington, DC.
Clark, M.K. (Contributor). (2017, September). Mfon: Women Photographers in the African Diaspora. Brooklyn Arts Council.
March 2015. Group Exhibition. I’ll Be Your Mirror. 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
June 2014. Jury in the Street Life photography competition held by Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
March 2014. Group Exhibition. City Life. Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Producer and Host. 2016 to Present. The Hip Hop African Podcast. The podcast features discussions and interviews on hip hop music and culture produced by African artists in Africa and in the Diaspora.
Select Keynote Lectures
June 2019. Today at Apple: Hip Hop and Representation. StoryMakers Festival. Apple Carnegie Library in Washington, DC
March 2019. Pan African Feminist Spaces in Hip Hop. Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC
February 2019. Hip Hop in Africa Book Talk. Stony Brook University, in Stony Brook, NY
February 2019. Eye On Africa Lecture Series: Gender, Sexuality, and Hip Hop in Africa. Michigan State University in Lansing, MI
October 2018. A Curtis Wilson Lecture: Hip Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers. Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH
May 2018. Hip Hop in Africa. Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC
May 2017. Researching and Teaching African Politics: Everyday Politics, Power, and Protest in the Digital Age. Smith College, Northampton, MA
May 2016. Women in Leadership – The Underutilized Catalyst. Guest panelist at the annual meeting of the Diaspora Community of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA) in Dallas, TX.
April 2016. Hip Hop Activism-Changing the World, One Beat at a Time. Guest panelist at the Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International USA in Miami, FL.
October 2019. The Politics of Language in African Hip Hop. Paper presented at the African Studies Association of Africa conference at the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.
December 2018. Plenary Speaker. The Youth, Transformation and African Futures during the Revisiting the 1958 All-African Peoples’ Conference at the University of Ghana Legon.
November 2018. Songs & Hashtags: Language, Identity, and Protest in Tanzania. Georgetown University.
July 2018. Panelist on African Fashion and Film: A Look at the Current and Future State of African Fashion at the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC
October 2017. The Politics of Respectability: Black Women in Popular Culture. Paper presented at the African Studies Association of Africa conference in Accra, Ghana.
December 2016. Panelist on Roundtable: Digital Tools of Dissent: Black Youth, Social Media and Social Justice during the African Studies Association conference in Washington, DC.
September 2016. Representations of African Feminism in Hip Hop. Guest panelist at the African Feminist Initiative at Penn State University in College Park, PA
June 2015. Afropolitan Identities: Representations of African immigrant experiences in African hip hop. Paper presented at the General Assembly for the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Dakar, Senegal.
July 2014. The Role of Social and New Media in Tanzanian Hip Hop Production and Dissemination. Paper presented at the annual Ethnomusicology Symposium at the University of Dar es Salaam in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
April 2018. Moderator. Free Speech, Censorship and Protest with MC Puos (China), Dana Burton (China) and Emile YX (South Africa). Trinity International Hip Hop Conference at Trinity College in Hartford, CT
April 2017. Moderator. Transnational Media Images and Global Activism. Remembering Biafra Conference in Washington, DC
September 2016. Moderator. Film Screening: Am I: Too African to Be American or Too American to Be African? National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC.
September 2016. Moderator. Diaspora in Dialogue: Demographics, Public Policy and ConneXions. Discussion sponsored by Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA) and the Congressional African Staff Association (CASA) in Washington, DC
I. Courses Developed
Hip Hop in Africa (online, iTunes U: Howard University, Center for African Studies)
Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa (undergraduate, Howard University)
Black Women & Popular Culture (undergraduate, Howard University)
II. Howard University
Introduction to Contemporary Africa (undergraduate)
African Systems of Thought (undergraduate)
Social Media and Political Change in Africa (undergraduate)
Pan Africanism (graduate)
III. California State University, Los Angeles
African Diaspora in the US (undergraduate)
Class, Race/Ethnicity, & Gender (undergraduate)
Cultural Impact of Development (undergraduate)
Third World Women and Development (undergraduate/graduate)
Pan Africanism and World Affairs (undergraduate/graduate)
Select Media Appearances & Interviews
February 2019: Interview with Africa Past & Present: The Podcast about African History, Culture, & Politics. Episode 122: Hip-Hop in Africa.
September 2018: Interview with The Scholars for UDC-TV. Topic: Hip Hop in Africa book
July 2018: Interview with BBC Focus on Africa. Topic: Hip Hop in Africa book
July 2018: Interview with Scratched Vinyl. Topic: Hip Hop in Africa book
June 2018: Interview with Academics in Cars. Topic: Hip Hop in Africa book
May 2018: Interview with WPFW Africa Today. Topic: Hip Hop in Africa book
April 2017: Interview with Africa is a Country. Article: The podcast for African Hip Hop
March 2016: Interview with Voice of America. Topic: International Women’s Day
Fellowships and Awards
2019 Outstanding Community Service, The Association of Tanzanian Community, Inc. (ATC)
2017 Outstanding Service, Department of African Studies and the College of Arts & Sciences, Howard University
2017 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Howard University. $15,000
2016 Academic Faculty Enhancement & Enrichment Program. Center for African Studies, Howard University. $5,00
2016 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Howard University. $10,000
2013–14 Fulbright Scholar – Department of Fine and Performing Art, University of Dar es Salaam
Research: Impact of social media on hip hop production and dissemination in Tanzania
Teaching: “Art and Society”, “Contemporary Music of Africa”, “Studies in the Music of Tanzania”
2012-13 Minigrant, Office of Research Development, California State University, Los Angeles. $5,000
2010 Outstanding Commitment to Service, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, Alpha Delta Chapter
2009 Charles U. Smith Junior Faculty Achievement Award, Association of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Editorial Board (Since 2019) Global Hip Hop Studies (Journal)
Mentor (2016 – 2017, 2019 – 2020) College of Mentors, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
Resolutions Committee (since 2018) Revisiting the 1958 All-African Peoples’ Conference
Diaspora Affairs Committee (since 2017) African Studies Association of Africa
Director (since 2016) Undergraduate Program, Department of African Studies (Howard University)
Editorial Board (since 2016) College Language Association Journal
President (2016 – 2017) Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists
Board Member (2016 – 2017) Africa Action
Faculty Senate (2015) California State University, LA
Advisory Board (2011 – 2015) Center for the Study of Genders & Sexualities (California State University, LA)
Board of Trustees (since 2018) Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA)
Scholarship Committee (since 2017) Diaspora Community of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA)
Board Member (since 2014) Helping Underserved Communities
Volunteer (2006 – 2014) Amnesty International (Uganda Country Specialist: 2006-2011)