De Senso, Justin

Justin De Senso
Lecturer of English and African American Studies
Office Phone
154 Franco Building

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 15-97
AAS / IN ART 126


De Senso, Justin. "Teaching the Roots of Trumpism, One Semester In." 31 May 2017. Web.

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.


M.A., English, New Mexico State University

B.A., English, Penn State Abington