De Senso, Justin

Lecturer of English and African American Studies, Division of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Office Phone: 610-396-6378
Mailing Address:
154 Franco Building

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Bio

I come to Penn State after having taught and lectured at colleges and universities across the US, including the University of Florida, Drexel University, and El Paso Community College. I am an American Studies PhD candidate at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where I taught courses on world history as well as hip-hop. My 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, I began "The Reading Police Oral History Project," a student-authored publication that documents the lives of local City of Reading cops. In 2017, I co-founded the Berks Hip-Hop Collective, a faculty-staff-student initiative that champions hip-hop at Berks through curricula, visual art, and freestyle rhyme. I am currently co-developing two new courses for the 2018-2019 academic year, "SOC 205N: Critical Race Theory in the Humanities and Social Sciences" and "AM ST 226N: Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop," both supported by Penn State General Education Integrative Studies Seed Grants.

Courses Taught:
ENGL 4
ENGL 15
ENGL 15-97
ENGL 202A
AAS / IN ART 126