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Bradley, Adam Professor

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  • Adam Bradley directs the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture (RAP Lab). He is a scholar of African American literature and a writer on popular culture with a focus on song lyrics. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and in numerous other publications. Bradley is the author or editor of six books, including Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop; The Anthology of Rap; and the New York Times bestseller One Day It’ll All Make Sense, a memoir he wrote for the rapper and actor Common. He has also written extensively on the literature and legacy of the novelist Ralph Ellison. Bradley’s latest book, The Poetry of Pop (2017), unlocks the mysteries of word, image, and sound in popular music across genres, featuring the music of Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and beyond.

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Teaching

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  • ARSC 4909 - Senior Thesis for Individually Structured Major
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 3246 - Topics in Popular Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Studies special topics in popular culture; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours for different topics.
  • ENGL 5109 - Literature and Culture of the United States
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduces graduate level study of writing of the United States from its inception to the present. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background, and secondary criticism. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 5169 - Multicultural/Postcolonial Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduces graduate level study of ethnic American and/or postcolonial writing in English, including relevant theoretical discourse. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background, and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.

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