De Senso, Justin

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

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. Justin is co-founder of "Hip Hop Alumni.com," a resource for educative hip-hop media, literature, and community outreach.       

Education: 
M.A., English, New Mexico State University
B.A., English, Penn State Abington
Publications: 
Dimitriadis, Greg and Justin De Senso. "Gaming the System: Ice-T as Neoliberal Hustler and Entrepreneurial Philanthropist." Rapper, Writer, Pop-cultural Player: Ice-T and the Politics of Black Cultural Production. Ed. Josephine Metcalf and Will Turner. London: Ashgate Press, 2014. 179-200. Print.