Travis  Harris

Ph.D. Student in American Studies

Email: [[e|ttharis]]
Research Interests: Race and racism, Twentieth-Century Studies, Hip Hop Studies, Religion

Biography

Travis’ research examines the intersection of race, religion and Hip Hop. In seminary, his Master’s Thesis was entitled “Listen Up: Why the Church and Academia Should Study and Embrace Holy Hip Hop.” Travis argues for the academic community to pay more attention to Christians within Hip Hop. He also articulates the church’s need to go beyond its misconceptions of Hip Hop and realize the evangelical potential that embracing Hip Hop offers. Travis’ thesis is a rare piece of scholarship in that there are very few scholarly works that focuses solely on Christians in Hip Hop. Travis plans to further investigate race, religion and Hip Hop focusing on the marginalized of American society. He recognizes his scholarly work as life work with the goal of addressing institutional racism and empowering the “least of these” to thrive.

Education

M.Div. Virginia Union University, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology

B.A., Religious Studies, University of Virginia (2006),

Selected Publications

Refocusing and Redefining Hip Hop: An Analysis of Lecrae's Contribution to Hip Hop, Journal of Hip Hop Studies, Vol 1. Issue 1, Winter 2013