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Stephanie Shonekan

W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies

Stephanie Shonekan

sshonekan@umass.edu


328 New Africa House


Stephanie Shonekan is Professor and Chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. In 2003, she earned a PhD in Ethnomusicology and Folklore with a minor in African American Studies from Indiana University. From 2003-2011, she taught at Columbia College Chicago, and from 2011-2018, she was a faculty member at the University of Missouri in the Black Studies Department and the School of Music. From 2015-2018, she was chair of the Department of Black Studies at the University of Missouri.  Her dual heritage combining West Africa with the West Indies allows her to straddle the black world comfortably.  She has published articles on afrobeat, Fela Kuti, as well as American and Nigerian hip-hop.  Her books The Life of Camilla Williams, African American Classical Singer and Opera Diva (2011) and Soul, Country, and the USA: Race and Identity in American Music Culture (2015) explore the intersection where identity, history, culture and music meet. This October (2017), her co-edited book  Black Lives Matter & Music will be published by the Indiana University Press in the fall of 2018. In 2019, her co-edited book Black Resistance in the Americas will be published by Routledge Press. 

In 2008, inspired by the music and revolution of Fela’s mother and the Nigerian market women’s revolution of the 1940s, Dr. Shonekan wrote and produced a short live action film titled Lioness of Lisabi. The film was awarded first prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in 2010 and by the Girls Inc. Film Festival in March 2012.