Shana Redmond

Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-5737
Office: KAP 462D

Personal Website

Biographical Sketch

Shana L. Redmond is Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. She received her combined Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University. Her research and teaching interests include the African Diaspora, Black political cultures, music and popular culture, 20th century U.S. history and social movements, labor and working-class studies, and critical ethnic studies. Her book, Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora, examines the sonic politics performed amongst and between organized Afro-diasporic publics in the twentieth century. Her current project details the performative regimes of aid music.


During 2014-2015, Dr. Redmond will be on leave while serving as the Ella Baker Visiting Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


  • B.A. Music and African American Studies, Macalester College
  • M.A. African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University
  • Ph.D. African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University

  • Postdoctoral Training

    • Career Enhancement Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 2011-2012   

    Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    Tenure Track Appointments
    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 08/15/2008-  

    Visiting and Temporary Appointments
    • Visiting Scholar, The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University, 2010-2011   

    Description of Research

    Research Specialties
    The African Diaspora, political cultures, African American Studies, music and popular culture, 20C social movements, labor and working-class studies, critical ethnic studies.

    Funded Research

    Gifts and Endowments
    • Erskine A. Peters Dissertation Year Fellowship, (University of Notre Dame), $25,000, 2007-2008   
    • University Dissertation Fellowship, (Yale University), $23,000, 01/01/2007-12/31/2007  
    • Mellon University Fellows Research Grant, (Woodrow WIlson Foundation/The National Academies), $3,500, 2006-2007   
    • Donald C. Gallup Beinecke Graduate Fellowship, (Yale University), $3,500, 06/01/2004-08/30/2004  
    • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, (Macalester College), $25,000, 06/01/2000-05/31/2002  

    USC Funding
    • Visions and Voices: A Humanities Initiatives Grant. 'New York is Like Johannesburg': Comparative Imaginations of South Africa and the U.S.: A Visions & Voices event on policing and the arts in South Africa and the U.S. twenty years after universal democratic elections in South Africa., $46,054, 2013-2014   
    • Social Justice Faculty Research Fellowship (PERE, USC). The Night Shift: Black Hotel Workers in Los Angeles: Working in concert with UNITE HERE Local 11, my team and I will offer a preliminary investigation of the displacement of black workers from the hotel trades. , $9,650, 2012-2013   
    • Center for Feminist Research (USC). Timing is Everything: The Feminine Antiphonies of Disaster in 'We Are the World': I propose to further the production of my second book project by focusing on the feminization and radical othering of blackness within the two renditions of "We Are the World" ("…25 for Haiti"). , $2,100, 2012-2013   
    • Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 'New York is Like Johannesburg': Mama Afrika and the Sound of Apartheid's Demise: Research and writing on the South African National Anthem., $16,200, 2009-2010   

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • Center for Feminist Research (USC), Fellow (2012-2013),
    • Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (USC), Social Justice Faculty Research Fellow (2012-2013)
    • USC Center for Diversity & Democracy, Faculty Affiliate,

    Conferences and Other Presentations

    Conference Presentations
    • "Diaspora's Dirge: Melodious Dispatches from the Black First World", Embodied Politics: Race, Sexuality, and Performance , Roundtable/Panel, Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico, Tepoztlan Institute for the Transnational History , Invited, 2013-2014   
    • "All Around the World, Same Song: The Trials of Black Musical Genre and Solidarity in the 20th Century", Beyond the Logic of Debt, Toward an Ethics of Collective Dissent, Roundtable/Panel, Washington, D.C., American Studies Association (ASA), Invited, Fall 2013   
    • "Form and Function: The Music of a Black First World", Confronting Change and Creating Opportunity in Africa and the African Diaspora, Roundtable/Panel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African, Fall 2013   
    • "Gospel Drag: The Dress the Blues Built", Black Sexual Economies, Roundtable/Panel, St. Louis, MO, Washington University School of Law, Fall 2013   
    • "The Cultural Life of Genocide", Decolonizing Future Intellectual Legacies & Activist Practices, Roundtable/Panel, Chicago, IL, Critical Ethnic Studies Association, Fall 2013   
    • "The Future(s) of American Ethnic Studies", Roundtable/Panel, Washington, D.C., Georgetown University, Invited, Fall 2013   
    • "'The Perfection of Strangeness': Music in the Making of an Interwar Comparative Diaspora", Between African Americans and Japanese: Traveling Texts, Talk/Oral Presentation, New York, NY, New York University, Invited, Fall 2013   
    • "'I'm Real': Kendrick Lamar's Family Values", Locals Only: Pop & Politics in this Town, Roundtable/Panel, RedCat, Los Angeles, Experience Music Project, Spring 2013   
    • "Religious Drag: Black Women and the Tailoring of a Gospel/Blues Sound"", Dreams Deferred, Promises and Struggles:Perceptions and Interrogations of Empire, Nation, and Societ, Roundtable/Panel, Atlanta, GA, Collegium for African American Research (CAAR), Spring 2013   
    • "Sonic Otherworlds", Crossing Borders: Politics, Cultural Contest, and the Urgency of Space, Talk/Oral Presentation, USC, ASE/PASEO, Invited, Spring 2013   
    • "Odds and Ends: Listening to the Histories of Black Disaster", American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch, Roundtable/Panel, University of San Diego, American Historical Association, Invited, Fall 2012   
    • "Our Time, His Honor: Working Class and Labor Radicalism in the Lifetime of David Montgomery", Dimensions of Empire and Resistance: Past, Present, Future, Roundtable/Panel, San Juan, Puerto Rico, American Studies Association, Fall 2012   
    • "A Scene Unseen: The Sight-Sound Index of Detroit's New Production", Culture Matters, Roundtable/Panel, UC-San DIego, Cultural Studies Association, Spring 2012   
    • "Alternative Diasporas: The Sonic Politics of the Black Pacific", AAS Annual Conference, Roundtable/Panel, Toronto, Canada, Association for Asian Studies, Invited, Spring 2012   
    • "Post-Racialism", Reconsidering "Post-Racialism" and "Diversity": A Critical Ethnic Studies Roundtable on the New Raci, Talk/Oral Presentation, UCR, Department of Ethnic Studies and The Center for Id, Invited, Spring 2012   
    • "Professionalization and the Tenure Process", Erskine Peters Conference: Africana Studies' Impact on the Academy, Roundtable/Panel, University of Notre Dame, Africana Studies (UND), Invited, Spring 2012   
    • "The Last Anthem: Police Power and the Prophesy of Rebellion in L.A.", Sounds of the City, Roundtable/Panel, New York University, Experience Music Project (EMP), Spring 2012   
    • "Manifold Music: On Markets and the Limits of Racial Exchange", Imagination, Reparation, Transformation, Roundtable/Panel, Baltimore, MD, American Studies Association, Fall 2011   
    • "International(e)s of Sound: Paul Robeson's Third World Vision", Black States of Desire: Dispossession, Circulation, Transformation, Roundtable/Panel, University of Paris-Diderot, Collegium for African American Research (CAAR), Spring 2011   
    • "Marking the Margins: Janelle Monáe's 'Cold War' Landscape", Post45 Conference, Roundtable/Panel, Refereed Paper, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH, Post45, Spring 2011   
    • "Wheelz of Steel: Cultures of Sound and Belonging in Hitsville", Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide: Settler Colonialism/Heteropatriarchy/White Supre, Roundtable/Panel, UC-Riverside, Ethnic Studies, UCR, Spring 2011   
    • "Cadence: Bodies, Bondage, Beginnings", Crisis, Chains, and Change: American Studies for the 21st Century, Roundtable/Panel, San Antonio, TX, American Studies Association (ASA), Fall 2010   
    • "Bandung Holograms: Paul Robeson on Tape", The Pop Machine: Music and Technology, Talk/Oral Presentation, Seattle, WA, Experience Music Project (EMP), Spring 2010   
    • "Opening Remarks", Reconstructing the Image of Michael Jackson: Explorations of Body, Spirit, and Society, Opening Remarks and Moderator, South Bend, IN, Department of Africana Studies, University of Notr, Invited, Spring 2010   
    • "A Conversion Story: Lorraine Hansberry and Nina Simone--Young, Gifted and Black", Lorraine Hansberry: A Raisin in the Sun and Beyond, Talk/Oral Presentation, Evanston, IL, Department of English, Northwestern University, Invited, Fall 2009   
    • "One Nation...Indivisible: Double Consciousness and Black Musical Performance", Community, Sustainability, and Belonging, Roundtable/Panel, Washington, D.C., American Studies Association, Fall 2009   
    • "Flight: Nina Simone, Cultural Diplomacy, and the Arts in Afro-Diasporic Exchange", Africa, Diaspora, and Pan-African Agendas, Roundtable/Panel, Accra, Ghana, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African, 08/02/2009-08/06/2009  
    • "Japan's Muse: Music and Politics in the Prewar Black Pacific", Black Knowledges, Black Struggles , Roundtable/Panel, Bremen, Germany, Collegium for African American Research, Spring 2009   
    • "From TA to Tenure: Rethinking Academic Labor and Unionization", American Studies Association , Roundtable/Panel, Albuquerque, NM, ASA Student's Committee, Invited, Fall 2008   

    Other Presentations
    • "Activism in the 21st Century: New Challenges and Approaches", Think Tank: 21st Century Activism, Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, USChangeMovement, USG, University of Southern California, Fall 2013   
    • "Author Meets Critic: The Hip Hop Generation Fights Back", Research and Teaching Matters: Creating Policy, Knowledge, and Justice, Pacific Sociological Association, Reno, NV, Spring 2013   
    • "Performing Solidarity: Black Women Workers and the Making of an Anthem", Black History Month , Depts. of Labor Studies, Women's Studies, Sociology, Africana Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Spring 2013   
    • "Stage and Pulpit: The Sacred-Secular in Black Music", Go Tell it on the Mountain (exhibit), California African American Museum, CAAM, Spring 2013   
    • "Sounds of Relief", Love! Rage! And Other Emotions: A Live Listening Party, USC Spectrum and Center for Feminist Research, USC, Fall 2012   
    • "The Future has a Past: Feminist Asexualities in Janelle Monae's "Cold War"", Pop! Goes Feminism: Gaga, Minaj, Monae, Center for Feminist Research, USC, Fall 2012   
    • "Activism/ International Hip Hop", LA Hip Hop: Beyond Gangsta Rap, Department of Pan African Studies, CSUN, Fall 2011   
    • "Hand-Me-Down Haiti: Aid Anthems and the Aural Approaches to Black Disaster", ASE Commons, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, USC, Fall 2011   
    • "The International History of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"", Atlanta Music Festival 2011, Emory University, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA, 09/22/2011  
    • "Movement Cultures and the Sounds of Black Liberation", Johnson Colloquia Series, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University, Spring 2011   
    • "The Undocumented Voice: Paul Robeson's Sound Migrations", School of Unlimited Learning (SOUL), Department of Black Studies, UCSB, Spring 2010   

    Other Research

    • Black workers in the LA hotel industry., 2012-2013   


    • Redmond, S. L. (2013). Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora. New York, NY: New York University Press.

    Book Review
    • Redmond, S. L. (2014). Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era. Theatre Research International. pp. 60-61.
    • Redmond, S. L. (2009). In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era. The Journal of Popular Culture. pp. 578-579.

    Encyclopedia Article
    • Redmond, S. L. (2008). Chris Rock. (Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higgenbotham, Ed.). New York, NY: African American National Biography (Oxford University Press).
    • Redmond, S. L. (2008). Christopher Wallace. (Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higgenbotham, Ed.). New York, NY: African American National Biography (Oxford University Press).
    • Redmond, S. L. (2008). Lawrence Brown. (Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higgenbotham, Ed.). New York, NY: African American National Biography (Oxford University Press).
    • Redmond, S. L. (2008). Rodney King. (Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higgenbotham, Ed.). New York, NY: African American National Biography (Oxford University Press).

    • Redmond, S. L. (2012). Montgomery the Mentor, Montgomery the Activist. pp. 44-47. New York, NY. International Labor and Working-Class History.
    • Redmond, S. L. (2010). Between Activism and Academia: Black Studies Legacies at Yale. (Mark Christian and Stephanie Evans (guest editors), Ed.). pp. 278-282. The Western Journal of Black Studies.

    Journal Article
    • Redmond, S. L. (2013). Detroit's Idle: The Domestic Sounds of Labor's Foreign Landscape. Race & Class. Vol. 55 (1), pp. 60-77.
    • Redmond, S. L. (2011). This Safer Space: Janelle Monáe's 'Cold War'. Journal of Popular Music Studies. Vol. 23 (4), pp. 393-411.
    • Redmond, S. L. (2011). Citizens of Sound: Negotiations of Race and Diaspora in the Anthems of the UNIA and NAACP. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal. Vol. 4 (1), pp. 19-39.

    Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

    • Web Article, "History of Lift Every Voice and Sing," with Rudolph P. Byrd (Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies at Emory University), 2011 Atlanta Music Festival. Website: music-festival/lift-every-voice-and-sing-history, 2011-2012   
    • Academic Blog, "The Sounds We Make Together: Chuck Berry's Onomatopoeia," virtual-panel-shana-redmond-the-sounds-we-make-together-chuck-berrys-onomatopoeia/, Spring 2013   
    • "Carrying Trayvon's Body: What is to be Done?,", 2013-2014   

    Honors and Awards

    • Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, 2011-2012   
    • Comparative Ethnic Studies Prize from the American Studies Association, 2011  
    • The James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies Fellowship, Emory University, 2010-2011   
    • USC Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship, 2010-2011   
    • Druscilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Award, Association of Black Women Historians, 2006-2007   

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, 2013-  
    • Member, African American Studies Committee, ASE, 2008-2010  
    • Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee, ASE, 2008-2010  
    Media, Alumni, and Community Relations
    • Guest, Annenberg News Radio (USC), discussion of Trayvon Martin case, Spring 2012   
    • Guest, "From the Frontlines" discussion of the life and legacy of Lena Horne, KPFK-Los Angeles, Spring 2010   
    • Guest, "Spotlight on the Community" special: "Fulfilling the Dream: From Slavery to Obama," KLOS/KABC-Los Angeles, Spring 2009   

    Service to the Profession

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • editorial board, Critical Ethnic Studies: An Anthology, 2012-  

    Professional Memberships
    • Critical Ethnic Studies Association, 2011-  
    • Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, 12/2008-  
    • Collegium for African American Research, 12/2008-  
    • Working Class Studies Association, 05/2007-  
    • American Studies Association, 09/2006-  
    • Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA), 2013-2014   

    Media, Alumni, and Community Relations
    • Featured Guest, "On Blackness with Elon James White,", 2013-2014   
    • Featured Guest, "Left of Black with Mark Anthony Neal," John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University,, Spring 2014   
    • Guest, "No Alibis," with Elizabeth Robinson and Dr. Avery Gordon (UCSB), KCSB 91.9 FM, Fall 2013   
    • Guest, "Reference Point," Peace FM 90.1,, Manchester Community Radio (Britain), Spring 2013   
    • Guest Expert, "CTG Writer's Workshop: A Discussion with Playwright Zakiyyah Alexander and Artist Allison Saar," Center Theatre Group, Fall 2012   
    • Guest Expert, "Sandbox @ CTG: A Discussion with Playwright Will Power and Composer Justin Ellington," Kirk Douglas Theatre, Spring 2012   
    • Panelist, "The Politics of Popular Music," LA Times Review of Books, USC, Spring 2012   
    • Featured Speaker, "Lift Every Voice and Sing: Testimony and Song with Indra Thomas and a Chorus of 500 Voices of Atlanta School Children," Atlanta Music Festival, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA, Fall 2011   
    • Guest, "Sista's Time," WRFG-Atlanta, Spring 2011   
    • Guest, "From the Frontlines," KPFK-Los Angeles, Spring 2010   
    • Guest, "Spotlight on the Community," KABC-Los Angeles, Spring 2009   

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