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August 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

Houston Named Among Top African American Professors in Ohio

Ohio University professor and alum Dr. Akil Houston has been named to a list of the Top 25 African American Professors in Ohio at Online Schools Ohio, run by StateStats.org.

Houston is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Media Studies in the Department of African American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is a filmmaker, dj, social critic, and one of the nation’s most authentic Hiphop scholars. His 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 his scholarly interests. He posits that popular culture (television, film, music, new media) is a fertile source for the study of ideological production. His research focus attempts to unpack meaning as it relates to constructions of gender, race and class.

Houston earned a Ph.D. Cultural Studies in Education from Ohio University, an M.F.A in Film Production from Ohio University, an M.A. in International Studies from Ohio University, and a B.A. in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University.

“African-American professors of distinction in Ohio create a broad tapestry of the arts and sciences, excelling in academic teaching and inquiry into music, law, education, history, visual arts and social justice. This selection of the top 25 African American educators in the Buckeye State draws from major research universities as well as from teaching colleges. These celebrated educators, writers, artists, policy experts, and scientists share a singular commitment to fostering educational diversity and opportunity,” according to Online Schools Ohio.


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