Prominent Scholar and Cultural Critic

Dr. Tricia Rose is Professor and Chair of the Africana Studies Department at Brown University. She graduated from Yale University where she received a BA in Sociology and then received her Ph.D. from Brown University in the field of American Studies. She has taught at Rutgers, NYU and at UC Santa Cruz.

Rose was born and raised in New York City, spending her childhood in Harlem and the Bronx. She teaches and speaks widely on a variety of issues related to American culture, inequality, diversity, black music and gender. She is most well-known for her ground-breaking book on the emergence of hip hop culture. Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1995 and was also considered one of the top 25 books of 1995 by the Village Voice. In 1999, Black Issues in Higher Education listed Black Noise one of its “Top Books of the Twentieth Century.”

In 2003, Professor Rose published another path-breaking book. Her oral history of black women’s sexual life stories, Longing To Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy, puts everyday black women’s sexual lives at the center of a conversation about women and sexuality which has generally marginalized these women’s own stories. 

Her new book The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why it Matters, is a rebuttal to both sides of the contemporary debates on hip hop which she contends negatively shape our much larger conversation about race and identity in America. Hip Hop Wars explores ten of the most crucial issues at stake in the public conversation on hip hop. She concludes with an inspiring call for how to reincarnate the progressive and creative heart of what hip hop once was, and can still be—not just for the music--but for our collective future.

Rose has also been featured as an expert commentator on NPR, MSNBC and other national and local radio outlets, and on television. In every context, Rose provides accessible and intelligent context, analysis, humor, passion and inspiration.

Lecture Topics:


Materializing from themes introduced in Dr. Rose’s latest text, The Hip Hop Wars, this insightful discussion covers the impact of corporate consolidation on black popular culture and the importance of popular culture for our youth, society and democracy itself.


“It is said that all beings are predisposed to waking up and reaching out to others…this natural inclination can be nurtured,” according to Pema Chodron, in her text, The Places That Scare You. Within the context of diversity in corporate, academic or general community settings, Dr. Tricia Rose expounds on how nurturing this inclination aids us in creating a just and inclusive society at large. This educational keynote uncovers the true meaning of diversity, identifies its relative categories, and juxtaposes the challenges and benefits of establishing functional diversity in a given environment.


How do we have difficult conversations on painful subjects such as gender, racial and sexual inequality, discrimination and oppression in ways that enable, connect and empower students, co-workers, community members and ourselves? Dr. Tricia Rose will address this issue with particular attention to race and gender by drawing on Rose’s own scholarship, life and seventeen years of university teaching.


  • Cultural Current Events
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Inequality and Discrimination
  • Joy & Justice
  • The History & Culture of Popular Black Music


  • “Dr. Rose was insightful, engaging and aware of the diverse audience. It was clear that she had done her research by knowing our college and the history behind the Baccalaureate Service. Very memorable is her exhortation to them to keep an “open heart” during this period of American history.” - Edward Pittman, Associate Dean of the College, Vassar College
  • “Dr. Rose’s presence was a huge asset to the program: people continue to say how glad they were to have hip hop music included in the presentation!” - Lisa S. Keir, Director of Development and Communication, Maryland Humanities Council

In The News

  • Keynote at Cornell University - View Video
  • Brown Alumni Magazine, July/August 2009 - View
  • Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC - View
  • Extended interview with CNN - Part One
  • Extended interview with CNN - Part Two
  • Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC - View Video


tsg small footer