Graduated: 2008, Masters in Pan African Studies
Thesis title: Pan-African migrations in Hip-Hop music and culture
Alumni informationVisiting/Adjunct Professor at the following universities:
1. Teaches "AFAM 259: Blacks and Popular Culture" at his alma mater UNC Chapel Hill, in the department of African and African American Studies.
2. Teaches "POLS 4880: It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop: Music and Political Movements" at North Carolina Central University, in the Political Science department.
3. Teaches "MUS 112: Intro to Jazz" and "HUM 120: Hip-Hop History" at Piedmont Community College, in the School of Fine Arts.
4. The Creative Director for the Durham Jazz Renaissance Foundation
Graduate Student InformationPierce Freelon was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. He did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in African and African American Studies. Pierce received his BA degree in African and African American Studies with distinction and highest honors from the University of North Carolina in May of 2006. His research interests include music and education in the African Diaspora and ways in which Hip-Hop can be integrated into the classroom. Pierce is an emcee in the Hip-Hop group, Language Arts (languageartsmusic.com) and the founder of a black cultural website called Blackademics (blackademics.org). Upon completing his MA degree in Pan African Studies, Pierce moved back home to North Carolina. Currently, he teaches in the Departments of Music and African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he is president of Beat Making Lab, a new PBS Digital Studios series featuring young musicians from around the world; we build music studios in international cultural centers and train youth in the art of beat making: www.beatmakinglab.com (LinkedIN: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/pierce-freelon/22/3a2/61a)