Robin D. G. Kelley, a Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies at Columbia University, has written widely on jazz, hip hop, electronic music, musicians’ unions and technological displacement, and is currently completing a book entitled Misterioso: The Art of Thelonious Monk and his book, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination will be published by Beacon Press in June. He is the author of Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (1990); Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (1994); Into the Fire: African Americans Since 1970 (1996); co-editor (with Sidney J. Lemelle) of Imagining Home: Class, Culture, and Nationalism in the African Diaspora (1994); co-editor (with Earl Lewis), To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans (Oxford University Press, 2000); general editor (with Earl Lewis) of the eleven volume Young Oxford History of African Americans (Oxford University Press); and co-author of Three Strikes, with Howard Zinn and Dana Frank. His collection of essays, Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (Beacon Press, 1997) was selected one of the top ten books of 1998 by the Village Voice.
His essays have appeared in several anthologies and journals, including Black Music Research Journal, The Voice Literary Supplement, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Callaloo, Rolling Stone, The American Historical Review, American Visions, Journal of American History, Utne Reader, Fashion Theory, Social Text, and frieze: contemporary art and culture, to name a few.