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Africana Studies Program

T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Africana Studies

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University, 2007.

Completion of courses in college-level teaching in the Graduate Student Learning Community Program in the Preparing Future Faculty Program, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, 2007.

Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, 2004.

M.A. degree in African-American Studies from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, with honors, 1997.

B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Africana Studies from California State University at Dominguez Hills, Carson,CA with honors, 1996.

Teaching Areas

  • Black Male Studies: Black Masculinity, Comparative Black Gender, and Black Male Existentialism
  • 20th Century Africana Socio-Political History
  • Hip-Hop Studies: Hip-Hop Culture, Globalization, and Independent Media
  • Africana Visual Culture, Media Representation, and Black Aesthetic Imaginary
  • Africana Cultural Studies Theory
  • Ancient African to Contemporary Africana Spiritual Traditions

Teaching Activity

My Africana Studies (AFRS 130T) course, The Black Male Experience produces two things annually that merit public awareness: The Black Gender Conference and the annual Black Elder Project. The conference is an analysis of masculinity and femininity in contemporary Africana societies (conducted by my students). The Black Elder Project is a student project that is added to a site that reflects on Black Masculinities. The project highlights oral interviews my students conduct with African American men over 40 that exhibit a type of masculinity that contrasts stereotypes about Black males. Enjoy!

My Africana Studies (AFRS 55T) Hip-Hop Culture course has been doing some amazing work that I just have to share!

  • AFRS 55T: Hip-Hop Culture (Spring 2012) (

The Black Popular Culture Lecture Series and Online Research Archive and The Hip-Hop Research & Interview Project

Past guests:


Johnson, T. Hasan. "Act Too- The Love of My Life: Interdiscliplinary Hip-Hop as a Pedagogical Paradigm Shift" in Dropping Knowledge Hip-Hop Pedagogy in the Academy. Edited by Karin L. Stanford and Charles Jones. Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press, 2019.

______."Challenging the Myth of Black Male Privilege," in Spectrum: A Journal for Black Men (Volume 6, number 2, Spring 2018).

______.You Must Learn!: A Primer for the Study of Hip-Hop [Preliminary Edition]. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishers, 2012. [ISBN: 978-1-4652-0517-9]

______." The Prodigal God?:Jay-Z and the Legacy of Socially Responsible Hip-Hop" in Jay-Z: Essays on Hip-Hop's Philosopher King. Edited by Julius Bailey and Cornel West. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company Press, 2011.


Dr. T. Hasan Johnson is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Fresno. He founded numerous Fresno State programs including the Africana Studies Online Teleconference on Black Male Studies, the ONYX Black Male Film Festival, The Black Popular Culture Lecture Series and Online Research Archive (curator), The ONYX Black Male COllective, The Annual ASHÉ: Sankofa Black Film Festival, The Annual Africana Studies Black Gender Conference, The African American Edge Initiative (co-founder), The Africana Studies Black Elder Project, and the Hip-Hop Research & Interview Project.

He is the developer of the concept of “Black Masculinism” and frequently publishes on anti-Black misandry, anti-Black male heterophobia, intra-racial misandry, and White supremacy. His first book, You Must Learn!: A Primer for the Study of Hip-Hop (2012), examines the socio-political histories that contribute to the development of Hip-Hop culture and creates new theoretical frameworks for understanding its development. His forthcoming book, preliminarily titled, She Hate Me: A Case for Black Masculinism, Black Male Studies, and A New Paradigm for Studying Black Males, focuses on creating a new paradigm for studying Black males that challenges widely accepted stereotypes regarding Black males with contemporary data and new conceptual theory.

Dr. Johnson has made contributions to esteemed journals such as The International Journal of Africana Studies, Spectrum: A Journal for Black Men, and books such as Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher King, Icons of Hip-Hop, and Dropping Knowledge: Hip-Hop Pedagogy in the Academy. He also created his own academic blog at: He was conferred both the Provost’s Award for Promising New Faculty and the Inaugural Fresno State Talks! Lecture Series Award in 2013 and was awarded the prestigious Ford Dissertation Diversity Fellowship in 2006. In summer 2019, he started his own online radio show entitled The Onyx Report with Dr. T. Hasan Johnson.

Dr. Johnson Profile

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