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Tricia Rose named 2014 Lund-Gill Chair

Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University,  is an internationally respected scholar of post-civil rights era black U.S. culture, popular music, social issues, gender and sexuality. She is most well known for her groundbreaking book on the emergence of hip hop culture. Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America is considered a foundational text for the study of hip hop, one that has defined what is now an entire field of study. Black Noise won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1995, voted among the top 25 books of 1995 by the Village Voice,  and in 1999 was listed by Black Issues in Higher Education as one of its "Top Books of the Twentieth Century."

In 2003 Rose published a rare oral narrative history of black women's sexual life stories, Longing To Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy. In 2008, Professor Rose returned to hip hop with: The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop-And Why It Matters. In it, Rose argues that hip hop artists and the commercialization of black popular culture more generally has more power than ever to shape racial and gender images, perceptions and policies. 

Professor Rose was born and raised in New York City. She spent her childhood in Harlem and the Bronx. She graduated from Yale University where she received a BA in Sociology and then received her Ph.D. from Brown University in American Studies. She has taught at NYU, UC Santa Cruz, and Brown. In addition to her duties at Brown, Professor Rose sits on the Boards of the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Black Girls Rock, Inc. and will serve as the Lund-Gill Chair at Dominican University during the Spring 2014 semester. Rose has been a CurrentTV contributor and has also been featured on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and other national and local media outlets. More of her work can be found in Time, Essence, The New York Times and The Village Voice to name a few. She encourages you to connect with her on her website,, on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

As the Lund-Gill Chair, Dr. Rose will be teaching an undergraduate Honors Seminar in Spring 2014 on “African American Popular Culture.”  During her residency, she will also deliver a public lecture on March 17 and serve as the keynote speaker for the Blues and the Spirit Symposium on May 31. 

About the Lund-Gill Chair

The Lund-Gill Chair is named for former Dominican University President Sr. Candida Lund, OP, and former English professor, Sr. Cyrille Gill, OP. Each year, the Lund-Gill Chair in the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences brings to campus an individual of the highest moral and intellectual reputation who can address themes and issues at the heart of the liberal arts and sciences.

Past Lund-Gill Chairs

2013: Christopher Kennedy, Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises
2012: Eboo Patel, PhD, founder and the executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core. 
2011: Chia-Feng Chang, PhD, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and expert in Chinese science and medicine. 
2010: Father Richard Woods, OP, professor of theology and former chair of the Ekhart Society 
2009: Stephen Kinzer, a prize-winning journalist with the Boston Globe and New York Times 
2008: David Bevington, the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago 
2007: Leon Lederman, Nobel prize-winning physicist who was the inaugural chair