De Senso, Justin

Lecturer in English
Office Phone: 610-396-6378
Mailing Address:
154 Franco Building

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Justin M. De Senso comes to Penn State Berks after having taught and lectured at colleges and universities across the US, including the University of Florida, Drexel University, and El Paso Community College. He is currently an American Studies PhD candidate at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where he taught courses on world history as well as hip-hop. His dissertation research focuses on the role of officers of color in postwar Brooklyn and Harlem.

In 2016, in collaboration with the Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research, Justin began "The Reading Police Oral History Project," a student-authored publication that documents the lives of local City of Reading cops. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Justin, in partnership with Jessica Schocker, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and Women's Studies, was awarded two Penn State University General Education Integrative Studies Seed Grants to develop two new courses: “The Politics of Hip-Hop” and “Race in the Humanities and Social Sciences.” Justin is co-founder of "Hip Hop," a resource for educative hip-hop media and community outreach.