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Akil Houston

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Associate Professor of Cultural and Media Studies
Bentley Annex 309, Athens Campus

Houston is a filmmaker, DJ, social critic, and one of the nation's most authentic Hip-Hop scholars.

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Ph.D. Cultural Studies in Education, Ohio University
M.F.A Film Production, Ohio University
M.A. International Studies, Ohio University
B.A. Mass Media Arts, Clark Atlanta University

Research Interests

My scholarship is interdisciplinary and draws on the fields of Africology/African-American, Cinema, Cultural, and Gender Studies. In addition to these disciplines, Hiphop is a site of my scholarly interests. I posit that popular culture (television, film, music, new media) is a fertile source for the study of ideological production. My research focus attempts to unpack meaning as it relates to constructions of gender, race and class.


  • AS 1500 Introduction to Africana Media
  • AAS 3520 Survey of Contemporary African American Cinema
  • AAS 3530 Survey of Independent Black Cinema
  • AAS 3570 Hiphop History, Politics & Culture
  • AAS 3800 Seminar in African American Education

Selected Publications

Houston, A. (2012). Tasseography as a healing practice: Education in a post-racial classroom. In Weems, M. (Ed.), Empathy and the Imagination-Intellect: Writings of Healing and Resistance. (Forthcoming 2012) New York: Peter Lang.

Houston, A (2010). Tasseography: Reading post- racial resistance to teaching. Philosophical Studies in Education Journal, 42, March 2012

Houston, A. (2010). The Art of Shadowboxing: Teaching about gender performance using Hiphop Culture as Pedagogy. The International Journal of Africana Studies, 16, 1, 141-155.