Msia Clark (California State Univ, LA)

Msia Kibona Clark is an assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Originally from Tanzania, she earned her BA in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University, an MA in International Studies from American University, and a PhD in African Studies from Howard University.

Msia Kibona Clark specializes in African migration and identity studies as well as studies of hip hop culture and social movements in Africa. Msia was a 2013/2014 Fulbright Scholar to Tanzania where she taught courses at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Dar es Salaam and researched the use and effectiveness of social media as a tool of engagement by hip hop artists.

Her scholarly publications include several articles such as: “Questions of identity among African immigrants in America”, “Identity Formation and Integration among Bicultural Blacks”, “Hip hop as social commentary in Accra and Dar es Salaam”, “The Struggle for Authenticity and Against Commercialization in Tanzania”, and “Gendered Representations among Tanzanian Female Emcees”. She also guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Pan African Studies on hip hop in Africa and co-edited the book Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati.

An accomplished photographer, Msia Clark has also done photographic exhibitions and photographic examinations of hip hop in Africa.

Dr. Clark is also a community and human rights activists, serving as the Uganda Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA. She also a member of the Tanzanian Women’s Association, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and serves as a board member for the Association of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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