Matthew K. Oware

Chair and Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Richmond

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Matthew K. Oware is professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Richmond, where he is the Irving May Professor of Human Relations. Previously, he worked at DePauw University and was the Lester Martin Jones Professor of Sociology, the director of Africana Studies, and chair of the sociology and anthropology department. Oware’s primary research focuses on the constructions of racialized and gendered identities in popular culture, Black masculinity in African American expressive culture, and the Black family in American society. His book, I Got Something to Say: Race, Gender, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music (2018), uses systematic, analytic, and interdisciplinary approaches to examine the lyrics of millennial rap artists. He also has published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Black Studies, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and Journal of African American Studies, among others.