Chenjerai Kumanyika is a researcher, journalist, an artist who works as an assistant professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies. His research and teaching focus on the intersections of social justice and emerging media in the cultural and creative industries. He has written about these issues in journals such as Popular Music & Society, Popular Communication, The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture and Technology, Pedagogy and Education.
Currently, Kumanyika is the Co-Executive Producer and Co-Host of Gimlet Media’s new podcast on the Civil War. He has also been a contributor to Transom, NPR Codeswitch, All Things Considered, Invisibilia, VICE, and he is a news analyst for Rising Up Radio with Sonali Kolhatkar.
Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Mass Communication
Pennsylvania State University
BA, Africana Studies
- Critical Media and Information, Culture, and Society
- Popular Culture
- Race and Ethnicity
- Social Justice
- Social Movements
Centers, Labs, and Clusters
$10,000, 2014-2016 Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities Creativity Professorship Grant
Kumanyika, C. (2017) "Livestreaming in The Black Lives Matter Network:" Day, Amber (Ed.), DIY Utopia, Rowan and Littlefield. (Forthcoming)
Kumanyika, Chenjerai. (2015): "‘We demand justice. We just getting started’:the constitutive rhetoric of 1Hood Media's hip-hop activism." Popular Music 34.03 432-451.
Kumanyika, C., Elavsky, M, P. (Aug 2013). Microphone Czech, Keepin’ it Real: Politics of Creative Strategy in Cross Cultural Musical Production, Popular Communication.
Kumanyika, C. (2011). Advertainment and the Construction of Decision-making Power in MTV’s Making the Band. Popular Music and Society, 34(4), 475-491.
Kumanyika, C., Gray Paradise (2016). “Hip-Hop Activist Digital Literacy Pedagogy: Pittsburgh’s 1Hood Media Academy Williams, R & Frechette, J. West (Eds.), Media Education for a Digital Generation New York: Routledge.
Awards & Recognitions
Voice of Equality Award, NAACP Anderson, S.C. Chapter, Spring 2015.
This award is given annually to individuals that have shown leadership and commitment to social justice locally.
Emerging Scholar Recognition National Communication Association, Critical Cultural Division, Nov 2014. This award supports doctoral students who are doing research in the area of public broadcasting that is focused on either educational or public affairs issues.
Marlowe Froke Graduate Scholarship, 2010. This award supports doctoral students who are doing research in the area of public broadcasting that is focused on either educational or public affairs issues.
Don Davis Ethics Award, 2010. This award recognizes outstanding work in the promotion of the highest ideals of ethics, responsibility and integrity in Penn State’s College of Communications. Recognition for music-based truancy and gang intervention work with community based non-profit organizations in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.