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Shana Redmond

Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity

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

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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. She is writing two new books: one that pursues the post-Civil Rights assemblage and movement science of Paul Robeson and the other examining the performative regimes of aid music. Along with Guthrie Ramsey, Jr. (University of Pennsylvania), she is co-editor of the book series Music of the African Diaspora with the University of California Press.

Prof. Redmond is on leave in spring 2016.



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

Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 03/29/2014-  
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 08/01/2008-03/28/2014  

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Ella Baker Visiting Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014-2015   
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 Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, (Macalester College), $50,000, 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   
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   
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   
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

""Yes We Do": African Musicians and the Echo Chamber of Aid", American Studies Association, Roundtable/Panel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Fall 2015   
"The Ends of Recognition: Black Music and the Laws of Nature", Modern Language Association, Roundtable/Panel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Spring 2015   
"The Perfect Storm of Intersectional Privilege, or, the Aggressive Whiteness of Anne Heche", Experience Music Project, Roundtable/Panel, Seattle, WA, Spring 2015   
"Black Studies and the Case for Genocide", Africana Studies Week, 1969-2014, Keynote Lecture, California State University, Northridge, Dept. of Africana Studies, Invited, Fall 2014   
"The B Side 'Grace'", American Studies Association, Roundtable/Panel, Los Angeles, Fall 2014   
"The Other Nina Simone: Women's Solidarities and the Voice of Black Power", Keynote Lecture, Beverly Sofitel Hotel, Social Science Research Council, Invited, Fall 2014   
"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   
"Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora", Lecture/Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles, Ralph Bunche Center, Invited, Spring 2014   
"Bandung Holograms: The Black Voice as Movement Technology", Global Black Consciousness, Roundtable/Panel, Dakar, Senegal, Cornell University and New York University, Invited, Spring 2014   
"Black Sonic Imaginaries", Roundtable/Panel, University of California, Riverside, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, Invited, Spring 2014   
"Extramarital in Outerspace: Marvin Gaye's Interkinesis", Experience Music Project (EMP), Roundtable/Panel, Seattle, WA, Experience Music Museum, Spring 2014   
"Swimming Pools: The Quiet Life of Nickerson Gardens", Feeling the Black Fantastic, Roundtable/Panel, Northwestern University, Dept. of African American Studies, Invited, Spring 2014   
"'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   
"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   
"'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

"The Sound and the Fury: Black Music as Protest and (Re)Vision in the Twentieth Century", Black History Month Keynote, Levan Center for the Humanities, Bakersfield College, Spring 2016   
"Race, Sexual Expression, and Civil Rights Law: The Danielle Watts Controversy", Roundtable, Gould School of Law, USC, Fall 2014   
"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. (2014). Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Book Chapter

Redmond, S. L. (2015). Extending Diaspora: The NAACP and Up-'Lift' Cultures in the Interwar Black Pacific. Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Book Review

Redmond, S. L. (2015). Art for Equality: The NAACP's Cultural Campaign for Civil Rights. The Journal of Southern History. pp. 760-61.
Redmond, S. L. (2014). Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art. Journal of American History. pp. 307-08.
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. (2015). Tip Toes and River Rolls: Overhearing Enslavement. Black Camera. Vol. 7 (1), pp. 150-161.
Redmond, S. L. (2015). Indivisible: The Nation and its Anthem in Black Musical Performance. Black Music Research Journal. Vol. 35 (1), pp. 97-118.
Redmond, S. L. (2014). Song Uncaged: Prison Temporality and Black Pop Culture Escape. Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. Vol. 16 (no. 3-4), pp. 227-241.
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

"The Queer in Here," The Writing Instructor,, 2015-2016   
Mixed Media Article, With Mark Anthony Neal and Kwame Phillips, "Pleasure/Liberation: A Mixtape Experience," New Black Man in Exile, Posted February 14, 2016, , Spring 2016   
Web Article, "An Apology for All Occasions," The Feminist Wire, Posted November 9, 2015,, Fall 2015   
with Damien Sojoyner, "Keywords in Black Protest: A(n Anti)Vocabulary,", , Spring 2015   
Academic blog, "Sounds Familiar: The Revolution in Ferguson," From the Square, NYU Press:, Fall 2014   
Academic blog, "Ferguson Shows us that in Contemporary America, Black Citizenship is not Comparable to that of Others," US APP, London School of Economics: black-citizenship-is-not-comparable-to-that-of-others-and-life-is-not-secure-or-guaranteed/., Fall 2014   
"Carrying Trayvon's Body: What is to be Done?," The Feminist Wire,, 2013-2014   
Academic Blog, "The Sounds We Make Together: Chuck Berry's Onomatopoeia," International Association for the Study of Popular Music: virtual-panel-shana-redmond-the-sounds-we-make-together-chuck-berrys-onomatopoeia/, Spring 2013   
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   

Honors and Awards

Ella Baker Visiting Professor of Undergraduate Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014-2015   
USC Professor of Color Recognition Award, Spring 2014   
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   
Connecticut Community Colleges Minority Fellowship, 2005-2006   
Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity Fellowship, Yale University, 9/1/2003-8/30/2005  
Coca-Cola National Museum Fellow, Minnesota Historical Society, 2000-2001   

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, 01/01/2013-05/18/2014  


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

Conferences Organized

Conference Committee Co-Chair, American Studies Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2014-2015   
Conference Committee, Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA, 2014-2015   
Conference Committee, International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US, Louisville, KY, 2014-2015   

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Book Series Co-Editor, Music of the African Diaspora, University of California Press, 2015-  
Editorial Collective, Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader, 2012-2016  

Professional Offices

Nominating Committee, American Studies Association, 2014-2017  

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   

Review Panels

Fulbright Scholar Committee, American Studies Discipline Committee, 2014-2017  

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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