Full Name
RaShelle Peck
Job Title
Asst Professor
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Speaker Bio
RaShelle R. Peck (she/hers) is an assistant professor in the Ethnic and Race Studies department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY. She previously was a Postdoctoral Associate in African Studies and with the Black Bodies Project at Rutgers University. Her current book project, Nairobi Hip Hop Flow with the University of California Press (forthcoming), is an interdisciplinary study that combines ethnography, archival work, political history, and music and performance analysis to account for the innovations within Nairobi’s rap culture. This project importantly centers embodied performance practices of rap practitioners by studying how these artists cultivate notions of diaspora as a performative aesthetic. Her research interests include Kenyan and US popular culture, black performance theory, music studies, and gender and sexuality studies. She has published in Research in African Literatures, African Studies Review, and the Feminist Wire.